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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Heavy earthmoving equipment has arrived on site as work gets underway on the construction of the new Bathurst Animal Rehoming Centre (BARC).

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and Mayor Ian North visited the location or the development at Kelso to mark the start of the $3.2 million project

Mr Toole said it signals the start of a new era for the management of companion animals in the Bathurst region.

“BARC will provide a modern, large-capacity facility centre which provides a welcoming customer environment and exceeds expectations for animal welfare outcomes,” he said.

“The small animal pound has had a very successful rehoming program in recent years and this new facility will only boost this vital program.

“BARC will feature an adoption pavilion and companion animal education facility will be a first in regional NSW incorporating a purpose-built facility aimed at maximising opportunities for animals to find their forever home.

“It will also include an area designed to host educational and pets as therapy workshops with members of the community which is great for community engagement.

“Rehoming of stray dogs and cats is becoming a more and more popular option for people looking for a pet and in years to come I am sure many companion animals will find their forever homes at this new rehoming centre.”

Mr Toole noted that Bathurst-based business Regional West Constructions (RWC) won the tender for the project.

Weather permitting, it is expected that construction will take about 40 weeks.


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