Council deem no feedlot
A SUSPECTED feedlot along Neusavale Road at Wolvi has been deemed by Gympie Regional Council not to be a feedlot.
Council’s Planning and Development Chair Cr Ian Petersen said at a recent meeting while “in committee” (not open to the public) councillors discussed a report compiled by council officers and determined the suspected feedlot didn’t actually constitute “intensive animal husbandry”.
He said that view was backed up by Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation inspectors.
Cr Petersen said he had inspected the property, which is believed to hold about 1500 head of cattle on nearly 500 acres, and didn’t think it constituted a feedlot.
He said there were clear definitions of what was and wasn’t a feedlot in council’s planning scheme and in this case, instead of the majority of feed being brought in, these cattle would mainly be grazing on rye grass.
The investigation was sparked by neighbours complaining to council about potential dust, noise and animal waste polluting air and waterways.
They claimed the property was being used as a feedlot, but Cr Petersen said the commotion from roads being built on the grazing property may have been what worried the nearby land holders.
The question of what constitutes a feedlot has previously been called “a grey area” by Cr Petersen.