Ramsay locks horns over goats
A LIBERAL MP has called on the State Government to ensure Lara residents are protected from a possible Q fever outbreak caused by a proposed goat farm.
Western Victoria MP Simon Ramsay called for Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford to safeguard the community from the proposed 36 hectare 4500-goat farm, which is slated to operate around the clock.
City of Greater Geelong administrators approved the proposal by Nuchev — a goat milk formula company — in July 2016, despite strong community opposition.
“Despite strong public opposition, Geelong’s appointed administrators disregarded the concerns of the local community and approved the development,” Mr Ramsay said.
“I fully support Victoria’s strong agricultural industry, but it should never compromise on the health and safety of animals and humans.
“Given the possible intrusive nature of the farm, I ask the minister to take action to make sure that local residents are protected from a possible Q fever outbreak and to also ensure that the farm has highquality animal welfare standards for its livestock.”
Mr Ramsay’s comments come after VCAT ruled against a similar farm in Moorabool earlier this month, overturning a planning permit from council and a works approval from the Environment Protection Authority.
Lara protesters have lobbied council to appeal to VCAT and request the decision to grant a planning application be overturned.
Residents, who live less WILD weather caused headaches for some morning commuters yesterday, with the State Emergency Service receiving calls about fallen trees over roads before 8am.
The unseasonal cold spell brought gusts of wind and rain across Greater Geelong and Surf Coast areas as many began their journeys to school and work.
Even backyard trampolines were reportedly tossed around.
SES workers were called to trees down on Brougham St in Geelong, Thrush St in Norlane, Forest Rd North in Little River, the Bellarine Highway in Wallington and Thorn St in Barwon Heads from 7.30am to 8.15am.
Jan Juc and Manifold Heights residents also called for help.
The morning gusts also blew over giant metal letters welcoming home Cats superstar Gary Ablett Jr near the Geelong Ring Road at Wandana Heights, pictured. than a kilometre from the proposed farm, have raised concerns of a possible Q fever outbreak, noise and odour pollution, traffic congestion and animal welfare issues.
Nuchev spokesman Rhys Denny said the company was unaware of any concerns Mr Ramsay may hold, and said the farm would produce no increased risk of Q fever to the community.
“The Risk Management Plan and Infectious Control Management Plan have been designed so the risk of Q fever to the community is no greater than what naturally occurs in the environment now,” Mr Denny said.
“This plan was approved by the Environment Protection Authority, City Of Greater Geelong and Department of Health & Human Services, who were all heavily consulted.”