Ipswich City Council will provide a book which teaches children about the responsibilities of owning a pet free of charge to ratepayers. The book, Best Friends Forever, written by council education officer Nicole Grant, was officially launched last week at Ipswich Central Library by Councillors Sheila Ireland and David Pahlke. Ms Grant paired up with illustrator Pinar Cekic to inspire a book which promotes a simple message: “That a pet is your best friend forever.” Council said the book is such a great resource it decided to make it available freely to ratepayers at various locations, including the pound and animal management centre at West Ipswich.

Cr Ireland, chairperson of the Health, Security and Community Safety Committee, said Best Friends Forever, which tells of Lucy’s journey as she adopts a dog and learns the responsibilities of owing a pet, was wonderfully written and illustrated and would be a valuable new resource for council’s animal management education. “Council has developed a resource that can be used with its Pets and People Education Program (PetPEP) that is conducted in kindergartens and primary schools across the city. In addition to it being a free resource for the PetPEP program, the book is now available at various locations,” she said.

Cr Pahlke, chairperson of the Libraries and Tourism Committee, said the launch on 5 April was a great success and well attended by children and their parents and guardians. Books have been distributed to all Preppies, and kids in Grade one and 2 in my Division 10. “Best Friends Forever will be enjoyed by many children now and into the future,” he said. For more information on where to get the book, go to:

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