Pig expansion potential
Multi-million dollar investment could have flow-on for North Burnett
THOSE driving past Mulgildie may be able to see the impressive feed mill being erected at Bailey Creek Piggery.
A major employer in the area, the feed mill is part of a $3 million investment in the piggery as a whole.
North Burnett Regional Councillor Paul Lobegeier said it was likely to be one of the largest development applications for some time in the North Burnett.
“Obviously we’re very excited about the project, and very excited that a local family is investing heavily in the community,” Cr Lobegeier said.
“Any expansion in that area, whether the feed mill increases pig production will obviously mean jobs; how many I’m not sure and that is something Ian (Hill) will have to work out.”
Bailey Creek Piggery owner Ian Hill did not wish to comment on the developments.
Investments of this size are rare outside of main roads.
The works may involve expanding the number of pigs being produced in any one year.
North Burnett Regional Council deputy chief executive officer David Wiskar said at the last council meeting this project would have a flow-on effect.
“If you start talking like we have been with the BioHub, the local producers, like grain producers, they can really be using that facility as well, it’s likely to have an impact on the region in a positive way,” Mr Wiskar said.
“It will only be at 40% used capacity, it’s got extra capacity for 50%, he’s made an investment with plenty of potential for the region, it’s now about leveraging that investment for the future.”
The council will be involved in the next step, which is integrating the Monto Biohub project, which was shortlisted for funding in the State Government Building Our Regions program, into the project later down the line.
Cr Lobegeier said the project has strong environmental potential.
“The Monto Biohub will treat downstream effluent to enable those piggeries to expand so as not to be a nuisance to surrounding properties,” Cr Lobegeier said.
❝ Obviously we’re very excited about the project, and very excited that a local family is investing heavily in the community.
— Cr Paul Lobegeier