Mayor Leu takes up Paws and Claws fight in Brisbane


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More than 100 members of the community joined in a Paws and Claws protest march on Saturday. IMAGE: Paws and Claws.

DOUGLAS Shire Mayor Julia Leu will meet with the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines in Brisbane tomorrow to discuss the decision to block the new Paws and Claws site.

The State Government opted to deny Council’s bid to relocate the animal shelter to a block of land at Yule Point, with one baffling reason given that the area was a known Cassowary habitat.

The community backlash reached fever pitch on Saturday when around 100 people took to Macrossan Street in Port Douglas to protest. Mayor Leu was in attendance where she reiterated her commitment to meet with Minister Dr Anthony Lynham. She will fly to Brisbane to ‘hopefully talk some sense into him’, according to Paws and Claws President Michael Kerr.

“The Mayor will be explaining to the State Government that the information they are basing this decision on is incorrect,” Kerr said.

“Paws and Claws is an important part of this community and without this land we will cease to exist.

“It’s desperately wanted by the people and we’re not going to give up on it.”

The Department say they knocked back the sale of the land due to environmental values, incorporating wetlands, of concern regional ecosystems, and essential habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary.

Kerr said these reasons ‘did not stack up’ and encouraged the community to continue to email the Minsters direct to oppose the decision.


Visit the Save Paws and Claws website to join the fight for the animal shelter.

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