HOME ON THE RANGE: A controversial free range poultry and pig farm plan comes back to Gympie Regional Council this month.
HOME ON THE RANGE: A controversial free range poultry and pig farm plan comes back to Gympie Regional Council this month. Dave Noonan

Controversial chicken, pig farm for Kybong back on table

THE neighbours will not be happy, but the Kybong free range poultry and pig plan comes back to Gympie Regional Council in three weeks.

The plan, withdrawn in January, during the council's pre-election caretaker period, drew protests from some residents, especially across the Mary River in residential areas like The Dawn and Lagoon Pocket.

Council staff had recommended the plan for approval on the basis the applicant had adequately addressed all concerns, including possible air and water pollution issues.

The plan had attracted 86 submissions (seven in favour) and two petitions with a total of 103 signatures.

The council's January 27 meeting was told the applicant had advised he wanted the matter withdrawn for the time being.

The plan is now coming back to the council for consideration and is expected to be on the agenda of the May 25 meeting.

Proponent Dan Carney said he did not dispute a claim by protest leader Glenda Pickersgill that the project did not comply with automatic approval provisions of state law.

But he said it had approved on environmental grounds after an individual assessment.

Council planning staff advised the January meeting Mr Carney had "demonstrated the ability to mitigate possible off-site impacts to a hight standard."

The staff report said another environmental consideration was that the project had already been approved by relevant state government authorities "on the basis that the applicant has scientifically proven the ability of the development to meet the obligations for environmental protection as regulated by the Environmental Protection Act."

Dust and odour would have to be managed and not exceed limits set under Australian standards, the report said.

"There are no further issues under council's jurisdiction that extend beyond the assessment undertaken by the state government in this instance," it said.

Mr Carney claimed opposition to the project had often not been factually based.

He denied protest claims that it breached guidelines regarding proximity to water supply infrastructure.

Mr Carney this week expressed confidence the project would win through, telling the Gladstone Observer the Calliope based business was moving to the 107ha Kybong property.

The operation is one of two RSPCA approved egg farms in Australia.