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Federal member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, officially opened the new vet clinic in the community of Doomadgee, North Queensland, whilst emphasising its importance for the town.
The clinic was set up with federal government funding of $35,000, state government funding of $24,905 and Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council funding of $24,384.
Cr Elaine Cairns, who was speaking on behalf of Mayor Fred O'Keefe, said the veterinary clinic would be a valuable asset for the community, and encouraged residents to use the service. 'We look forward to it being a well-used building for the care of animals within the community,' she said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the clinic would be open to all members of the Doomadgee community. 'The community's animal management team will use the clinic for treating small injuries and for animal care like dog washing and supplying animal care needs such as flea collars,' Mr Truss said.
'This makes delivering a service so much more practical,' said Mr Ed Butterworth, North West veterinary clinic vet.
Source: The North West Star