Animal activists call for piggery expansion to be rejected
A MAJOR expansion at a South Burnett piggery has drawn the ire of an animal rights group, with the organisation sighting the human cost of the plan as well as the affect on the animals.
Sunnynook Farms have applied to amalgamate three piggeries in the Cloyna area they presently run into a single operation, while also expanding the operation.
Proposed to occur over three stages, the amalgamation and expansion would see the total number of pigs across the operation grow from 9,700 Standard Pig Units to 28,900 SPU.
The proposal has gone to public notification and is due to be discuss by the South Burnett Regional Council at its meeting tomorrow.
However the proposal is facing head winds, with Animal Liberation Queensland launching a campaign urging the South Burnett Regional Council to reject the proposal.
The group have raised what they call “serious concerns” on the expansion, not just surrounding the treatment of animals but also due to the site’s proximity to a local school.
The main piggery site which will become the focal point of the operation in situated 1.5km from the nearby Cloyna State School.
Animal Liberation Queensland Campaign Manager Amanda Holly said the noise and odour from the site would present a real danger to students and staff at the school.
“As an animal rights group, we are obviously opposed to any type of factory farming. However the proximity of this huge piggery to young children is particularly alarming,” Ms Holly said.
“The waste from this piggery is planned to be sprayed via irrigation onto land which is only meters from the school buildings and trucks servicing the piggery will drive past the school, resulting in a huge increase in odour.
“There is plenty of evidence that link close proximity to intensive pig farms to serious health concerns such as asthma and increased blood pressure. The commercial benefits of a few should not outweigh the health and wellbeing of young children, or the lives of animals.”
The group is calling for the council to reject the application and has launched a campaigner calling for supporters to email Mayor Brett Otto with a prefilled message raising these concerns.
But it’s not just animals activist who are opposing the expansion, with the Department of Education also objecting to the proposal.
In a letter seen by the South Burnett Times, the department’s strategic planning manager Jenna Donnelly raise similar concerns with the council.
The Department of Education objects to the proposal on the basis that the development will adversely impact on the safety and amenity of Cloyna State School … These adverse impacts relate to Traffic and Odour impacts,” Ms Donnelly wrote.
The department noted the site would see an increase in road traffic which would affect the safety of the school, as well as the odour issue as well.
Attempts were made to contact Sunnynook Farms for comment.