Pork back on the table
GYMPIE Regional Council this week withdrew a motion that it refuse an application for a niche piggery on rural land at Glastonbury.
Earlier this month, all but one councillor voted to reject the application of Bronwyn and Terry Lloyd to produce up to 800 free-range pigs a year on their 70ha property at Little Rd.
This was despite support for the project from council staff and the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation and a recommendation it be approved, and despite the Lloyds' rural-zoned farm being surrounded by mostly rural land uses.
The council this week withdrew the motion "at the request of the applicant" before formally adopting the minutes of the committee meeting where the application was rejected.
Councillor Ian Petersen said following the meeting this effectively meant no decision had been made on the Lloyds' application.
He said he "assumed" the Lloyds would now apply for an extension to the decision-making process in order to reassess their position and possibly modify the application.