19 September 2019

Mayoral Column

I’m delighted to tell you that the roof restoration works at the Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter are now complete. My congratulations to the Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter Working Group and the Council staff who ensured this project was a success. The Working Group was a special network of volunteers and community members that was chaired by Councillor Danielle Wheeler.

The improvement works involved the replacement of the entire roof over the existing dog kennels, which was were made possible using a $100,000 donation from the deceased estate of animal lover Anna Zylstra, as well as an earlier $75,000 private contribution from another donor and additional Council funding. I would like to acknowledge and thank both of these very generous donors as they have given us the opportunity to put in some much needed improvements at the Shelter that will improve conditions for the dogs in both winter and summer.

The new pitched roof minimises direct sunlight during the summer and optimises sunlight during the winter to provide more comfort for companion animals waiting to be rehomed.

As part of the new roofing, new stormwater pipes have also been installed to capture rainwater into new rainwater tanks. This water will then be reused for washing kennels and watering plants at the Hawkesbury Community Nursery next door.

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