Design plans unveiled for new $10m Camden animal shelter

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The new $10 million Camden animal shelter has moved a step closer to reality this week.

Camden Council has released a preliminary concept layout design for the animal shelter as well as the $4 million community nursery and community education hub at Smeaton Grange.

The state of the art animal shelter will include adoption viewing areas with meet and greet spaces, designated exercise yards, enrichment spaces and a walking track, reception area, staff workspaces, public amenities and a multipurpose function room that will offer community outreach programs.

The community nursery will be used to propagate and grow trees, shrubs and groundcover species that will be used in landscaping and restoration projects delivered by Camden Council.

Plants will also be made available to the community through regular plant giveaways, encouraging and supporting native gardens and bushland restoration on private land.

Construction is expected to start in mid-2025.

Mayor of Camden, Cr Ashleigh Cagney, pictured above with the design plans, said she was eager to see the project come to fruition.

“To have this designated animal shelter and nursery will be incredible for our area and I’m very excited to see work begin next year,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to check out the concept design on this exciting project.”

The concept design can be viewed online at or in person at: · Camden Show, on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March at Camden Showground;

· An information afternoon next Wednesday 20 March, between 4pm and 7pm on site at 55 Topham Road, Smeaton Grange;

· Paws in the Park on Sunday 5 May at Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park.

The $10 million Camden Animal Shelter and $4 million Community Nursery projects are being funded under the NSW Government’s Western Sydney Infrastructure Grants Program.

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