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Pig farm threatens region's 'lifestyle' credentials

The group opposing a pig, chook and cattle farm at Kybong were at the Southside markets in Gympie on Saturday with one of the signs they have erected on the Mary Valley Hwy (from left) Michael Hall, Judy Hall, Helen Moulden and Ray Moulden.
The group opposing a pig, chook and cattle farm at Kybong were at the Southside markets in Gympie on Saturday with one of the signs they have erected on the Mary Valley Hwy (from left) Michael Hall, Judy Hall, Helen Moulden and Ray Moulden.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

ON A recent visit to Gympie the Attorney-General and Shadow Planning Minister, Ian Walker, is reported by The Gympie Times in the page 5 article titled "Gympie crime surge claim" to have stated after a meeting with Gympie CEO and the Gympie Mayor that "this region is emerging as an ideal rural residential area".

It seems our civic leaders neglected to mention to Mr Walker that this council places higher priority on intensive animal industry and that anyone considering a rural residential lifestyle here should understand they may end up with an intensive pig and chook farm next door.

As stated by the manager of the Kybong Intensive piggery and poultry farm Mr Carney on the Channel 7 News report (Tuesday, August 23) he has a permit issued by the State Government (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry).

At no point has DAFF said that this operation would not have an impact, it simply indicated that it must not have an impact, and imposed conditions like, run-off from rain events must be contained on the property etc.

Short of building a dam wall around the entire property, 75% of which is flood prone and subject to mainstream flood currents, there is no way of containing storm or flood event run-off.

DAFF does not monitor this type of condition.

The burden of monitoring falls upon nearby residents who DAFF openly state are not relevant to their assessment process.

Potential impacts on residents fall with local council according to DAFF.

Gympie Regional Council hides behind the DAFF approval, creating a not uncommon, vicious circle of responsibility buck passing.

Mr Carney stated to Channel 7 that science is there to support his claims and yet he did not supply, nor was he asked to supply by council or DAFF, independent reports from expert hydrologists, agriculturalists or environmentalists to support his claims of no impact on this location.

Members of GOP@K (Group Opposing Piggery@Kybong) will continue to run a public awareness campaign regarding this development in an effort to protect not only themselves and the Mary River, but all people in the Gympie community that live in council approved rural residential zoning.

Now that the council has set this precedent, no one living on a rural residential zoned block is safe from a development of this type or intensity.

GOP@K is not against the farming principles proposed on this property, if done correctly.

We do believe it is an absolute absurdity to allow, intensive animal industry adjacent to rural residential developments, within the draw area for the town water supply and on the flood plains of an ecologically fragile water system that supports equally fragile and endangered species.

Helen Moulden,

Member of Group Opposing Piggery@Kybong.

Topics:  environmental groups ian walker kybong piggery and poultry farm mary river

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