Keep Farm Animal Rescue Open for Visitors
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Farm Animal Rescue is a registered charity and sanctuary for animals that have been rescued from starvation, danger and abuse.
The Queensland Government has made the decision to ban visitors from Farm Animal Rescue unless we spend $300,000 adding an additional lane to Dayboro Road, a highway managed by Queensland Transport and Main Roads.
Our supporters donate to the charity to help animals, not so that we can improve the states' highway infrastructure. Regardless of this, we don't have $300,000 to spend. In fact this is much more than we make from donations and contributions each year.
The Queensland Government are requiring this action because of "safety". On average we have one visitor vehicle arrive at the farm each day. This is opposed to some of our neighbours who receive up to 400 visitor vehicles per day, including heavy vehicles, and do not have an additional lane on the highway outside their premises.
In fact we have been told that even with zero increased visitor volume, we would be required to carry out construction of the highway just to be able to avoid a visitor ban.
While we have total confidence in our current supporters staying with us, it is not feasible for us to maintain the sanctuary if we are forced to tell new supporters that they cannot see our work. Our financial projections show that ultimately this requirement will cause the sanctuary to close.
We ask that Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport and Planning, instruct her team to find a way that we can maintain some visitor access to the sanctuary without the need to develop the State's highway infrastructure.
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