Pig ex­pan­sion po­ten­tial

Multi-mil­lion dol­lar in­vest­ment could have flow-on for North Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

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

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