Ram­say locks horns over goats

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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.”

Pic­tures: ALI­SON WYND

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