Tender winner for Gladstone Pound refurbishment announced

GLADSTONE Regional Council announced on Tuesday that it has approved a contractor for the refurbishment and expansion of the Gladstone Pound at Callemondah.

Gladstone firm Tomkins Commercial and Industrial Builders were announced as the successful tenders for the project which will include the construction of 30 dog kennels, an area for cat cages, a small office and kitchenette with a drop-off facility, equipment storage areas, veterinary space, and car parking.

The council's environment portfolio spokesperson Councillor Col Chapman was pleased that the project, estimated to cost $1.43 million in total, had advanced to the next stage with the facility to be vital to animal control measures.

"The upgrade to the existing site, at 77 Hanson Road, Callemondah, is needed because future residential population growth forecasts for the Gladstone Region indicate that we can expect a doubling of the number of impounded pets by the year 2031," Cr Chapman said.

"The end of private operator arrangements for the impoundment of animals also drove the need for the refurbishment of the site which had previously served as council's pound facilities."

Cr Chapman said the tender evaluation had been conducted on behalf of Council by consultants GHD with Tomkins returning the best result based on a rigorous criteria scoring system.