A BIT RUFF: A litter of five husky-kelpie cross pups was surrendered with their parents to the Gladstone Pound.
A BIT RUFF: A litter of five husky-kelpie cross pups was surrendered with their parents to the Gladstone Pound.

Great idea to get the dogs into our prison

OPINION: Sometimes it seems things are meant to be, such as prisoners and pound dogs.

The proposal to relocate Rockhampton region's animal pound to the Capricornia Correctional Centre deserves further investigation.

If it's feasible not only would it resolve a real problem facing the current Town Hall administration, but also deliver some benefits for those inmates who are keen to reconnect with the real world.

The good idea, which originated from within the ranks of the Park Avenue Labor branch, seems to have the early backing of the region's key players and it appears a blessing that a recent turn of events has seen the local Rockhampton MP, Bill Byrne, move into the relevant ministerial position.

No doubt, Mr Byrne will now oversee the proper process on the idea to see if the plan progresses.

Details of the plan were released this week by Rockhampton councillor Stephen Schwarten, who will stand as part of the Team McMillan group at the upcoming elections.

Cr Schwarten says he wants to get stakeholder feedback on the proposal and get the ball moving.

It's out of the box thinking like this which will help take our region forward.

Great ideas should be supported.

As we head into the March local government elections, there will be plenty of commentary from those with political aspirations as they look to get their message across.

It is their ideas we want to hear and understand.

Ultimately people will vote for the mayoral and divisional candidates whose ideas most resonate with them.



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