The Mary River in flood.
The Mary River in flood.

'Ignorance no excuse for scaremongering'

LETTER TO THE EDITOR ON KYBONG PIG FARM

OUR local anti-farming lobby, led at the moment by Judy Lawler, seems to have come full circle.

Ms Lawler, (GT, October 15), seems piqued that we pointed out that she only quoted part of the Oxford dictionary definition of piggery, hence the introduction of the word "pigsty”.

In trying to ridicule us, she has now given support to a piggery, where effluent is produced.

This is exactly how the opponents of pig farming falsely described the original Kybong proposal, and didn't that scaremongering fire up the opposition.

Australian Pork Limited is a private company (lobby group) with voluntary membership.

If we were intending to sue the council over this issue, we would be more concerned with Department of Agriculture and Fisheries rules and definitions, but it is their money, they can do as they wish.

Mrs Lawler need not be so concerned about the Gympie water supply.

She doesn't understand how animal manure breaks down and is absorbed into the soil.

If any manure enters the river, it comes from animals which access the river, or from major floods.

Anyone who has witnessed the Mary River in flood would know that anything in those flood waters goes straight past Gympie's pumps.

Farmers have the most important job in the world.

Without them, there would be no police, doctors or teachers. There would be no society.

Ignorance is no excuse for scaremongering, which this group is using to shut down farming in the Mary Valley.

John & Jenny Cameron,

Lagoon Pocket.

Gympie Times


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