Residents to pack gallery for chicken farm decision

THE historic meeting of the Sunshine Coast Council tomorrow will include a major decision likely to affect residents in the future Noosa Council for years to come.

Councillors will decide on an application for a chicken broiler farm near Cooroy which council officers have strongly recommended be turned down.

The Ordinary Meeting at Tewantin will be the last time the amalgamated council meets before Noosa goes on its own.

This means the significant decision, which was postponed at the last meeting, will be made by 11 people who will have nothing to do with its consequences after January 1.

Local resident Rod Ritchie said the gallery would be full of people opposed to the application.

In the latest report, council officers have stood by their view that the application be refused.

"The site is not suitable and the proposed poultry farm will have unacceptable impacts on the traffic safety of Top Forestry Rd, and adverse amenity impacts for residents living near the farm and on the transport route," the council report says.

This advice agrees with the last council report, when only three councillors voted in favour of the recommendation.

Cr Russell Green, who voted against the recommendation, persuaded other councillors to vote in favour of postponing a decision for a month so more information could be collected.

Mr Ritchie said residents had been trying to get in touch with Cr Green since the meeting, but he was "on leave until December 12".

They have written to all the councillors answering the questions on which councillors felt they needed more clarity to make an informed decision.

Mr Ritchie is hoping more councillors will be able to see why Cooroy residents are so strongly opposed to the application.

The chicken farm will create work for two people, but Mr Ritchie says it will be an "economic negative for Cooroy".

The applicant, David Milligan, declined to speak to the Daily until after the council decision.