Council will need more time to assess environmental and noise impacts of proposed greyhound kennel

A greyhound trainer will have to wait to find out whether the Murray Bridge council will allow him to set up a kennel at Monarto South.

Up to 150 greyhounds would be kept, bred and trained at the proposed facility on Ferries McDonald Road.

Council planning staff told its assessment panel to refuse the application – but not for animal welfare reasons, which they regarded as immaterial.

Rather, the application was assessed against the local development plan.

An engineer, an environmental health officer and a regulation officer from the council judged the application to be “generally inappropriate.” 

The main reasons for refusal suggested the proposal failed “to present a development that results in...primary production”, “is likely to result in undue and deleterious impacts” and failed “to dispose of waste in an environmentally sustainable manner.”

Residents whose properties surround the proposed location of the facility spoke during the meeting, mostly presenting reasons against the kennel facility being built.

“Our quality of life would diminish,” one of the neighbours said.

While another argued they “don’t want the peace and quiet and natural environment of my neighbourhood destroyed.”

Despite animal welfare matters not regarded during the assessment, RSPCA animal welfare advocate Dr Rebekah Eyers presented concerns the organisation had with the facility.

“Evidence shows wastage of greyhounds...is the biggest issue in the industry,” she said.

In addressing the concerns of the council the applicant’s lawyer said the welfare of the animals was a concern shared by the parties and that the facility had been designed with obligations, including noise control, as required by the development plan in mind.

While the panel had intended to reach a decision by the end of the meeting, without further assessment into noise and environmental issues they decided they were unable to do so.

Evidence shows wastage of greyhounds is the biggest issue in the industry

Dr Rebekah Eyers - RSPCA animal welfare advocate