Piggery problems for Council

THE continuing debate about when a piggery is really a piggery and when it is not continued at Gympie Regional Council's first business meeting of the new term yesterday.

The "piggery" problems seem to be based on a legal definition which allows for intensive feedlot pig farming only, with no real allowance for lower density proposals.

A proposed free range "boutique" pig farm planned at Kandanga has run into strident opposition from some neighbours, who say they fear noise, odour and water quality impacts from the proposal.

Neighbours Michael Place and Arlette Langevin say they and other "lifestyle residents" at Kandanga Creek contribute more to the local economy than the proposed piggery would.

They have asked if the council will guarantee that the proposed piggery, if approved, will not cause health problems.

They also say frequent stock movements will create dust problems on the area's unsealed roads, with the potential for wind to carry dried pig droppings onto roofs and into water tanks.

Farm owners James and Chrissy Peskops say they have invested everything they have into the plan, which they say will be a low impact free-range operation, with limited numbers of pigs.

They say their proposal would cause no more impact than other free range grazing operations in the area.

The proposal for up to 133 "standard pig units" is scaled down from an original 399 SPU.

Faced with a staff recommendation that the plan be rejected, councillors yesterday resolved to ask the proponents to provide more information on "noise, odour and water quality" issues.

Gympie Times


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