A $2.2 million dog hotel and boarding facility, unlike any in Australia, is proposed to be built in Launceston.
After 18 months of planning, owners Keri and Dean Thurley, have been able to finally submit at development application to the City of Launceston council.
The pair already run a boarding facility at Breadalbane, but expect Winston Play and Stay to appeal to a different market.
The daycare will cater for up to 130 dogs, with access to the hotel for boarding also offered. The outdoor area will have half an acre of fenced and sectioned play area, including a water park and a lagoon.
The indoor area features sectioned space of more than 2500 squared metres.
This includes space for a staff residence, and a dog drive thru to drop pets off of a morning. A pooch salon is also proposed.
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Upstairs will be the dog boarding facilities. Ms Thurley said guests would be treated like they're in a hotel, with rooms that require swipe card access and have all the finer things, such as a television.
The daycare is proposed to be built just 10 minutes from the Launceston central business district, at St Leonards.
Ms Thurley said doggy daycare is a structured day for dogs to keep them busy, with a combination of physical and mental stimulation. A communal lounge area is proposed, that will have staff supervision at all times.
The Breadalbane site already offers some mid-week daycare, but is consistently booked out. The expansion will allow day care to be offered 365 days a year, which is a level of service nowhere else in Australia offers.
"We're close enough to the CBD. But yet, obviously we need a little bit of countryside in order to give the dogs space and not have noise problems," Ms Thurley said.
"We've put a great deal of thought into the design, for noise, ordure, and waste."
Most of the dogs are planned to be daycare customers, so will go home at the end of each day. Ms Thurley said this will leave space downstairs for the organisation to continue its work with the Greyhound Adoption Program, and the Guide Dogs, or to run behavioural classes.
Once the facility is established, the owners plan to create nature walks on the site's remaining 25 acres.
The facility is expected to employ the equivalent of 25 full-time staff, with more than 40 staff expected to be employed across the two sites. A doggy daycare bus will also operate across Launceston.
An overseas architect, that has expertise in building dog hotels, was employed to design the facility.
"This isn't a shed. This has been acoustically designed, it has state-of-the-art climate control. We've got air transfer systems in there for disease control," Ms Thurley said.
The facility is expected to be advertised for public comment soon.
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