Piggeries now able to expand

SOUTH Burnett piggery owners can now expand their operations at far less expense following changes to Strategic Cropping Land legislation.

South Burnett Regional councillor Cheryl Dalton said the legislation had made it cost-prohibitive for local piggeries to expand their operations.

"What happened is when they drafted the Strategic Cropping Land legislation they had given feedlots exemption but not piggeries," Cr Dalton said.

"I had two piggeries in the South Burnett which were finding it cost prohibitive to proceed with expansion plans because of the Strategic Cropping Land legislation.

"There were other piggeries who would not even consider expanding until the legislation was changed."

At the South Burnett Regional Council's first general meeting for the year on Wednesday councillors voted unanimously to approve an extension to the Grower Piggery at Wooroolin from 1600 standard pig units to 8000 standard pig units.

Without a change to the Strategic Cropping Land legislation, which prohibited a restructure of this size, Grower Piggery would have faced a $48,000 application fee.

Cr Dalton said the outcome was great for both the piggery as well as the community.

"I know there will be some objections to a piggery of this size but in no way will it hurt the environment or community."

"Everybody knows the pork production industry is a big economic contributor to our area, which was why council saw it was important to help our local farmers.

"Following the changes we now hope to see growth in the piggery industry in our area.

"Both the deputy premier and the local member were very helpful.

"The deputy premier told me it would be done before Christmas 2012 and it was."

Changes to the legislation mean people wishing to develop or expand a piggery now do so using the processes that were in place before Strategic Cropping Land legislation under the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry and local government.

For further information about the changes and the policies, go to dnrm.qld.gov.au.

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