New regional animal care facility

Central Coast Council is inviting the community to provide feedback on the proposed location and concept design for a new centrally located Regional Animal Care Facility at Mardi.

Drawing of the proposed animal shelter at Mardi.

3 February 2023


253 OLD MAIUTLAND ROAD, MARDI is the preferred site due to its central location, ease of access and provision of space for animal wellness, enrichment and exercise.


Council Director Environment and Planning, Alice Howe said the proposed facility will cater for the current and future animal holding requirements of the Charmhaven and Erina Animal Care Facilities.


“The Central Coast currently has the highest rate of dog ownership in NSW and our Animal Care Facilities play an important role in supporting responsible pet ownership by reuniting lost pets with their owners and supporting the adoption of surrendered pets,” Dr Howe said.


“The concept design for the proposed facility includes multiple enrichment zones for the animals to exercise, play and interact with potential owners.


“To improve the adoption process we have also included a welcoming reception area, meet and greet locations and a connected walking loop for trial dog walks for prospective owners.


“The proposed cat enclosures will have a contemporary design that will maximise natural light and increase welfare, while the dog kennels will each have an indoor and outdoor space.”


Council Administrator, Rik Hart said he encourages the community to share their thoughts on the proposed facility.


“Your ideas and feedback on the proposed site and the concept design will inform further decision-making for this project,” Mr Hart said.


The community is invited to have their say on the proposed Regional Animal Care Facility location and concept design from 1 February to 1 March 2023, at

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