Calls for shake-up to DA

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

A PRO­POSED shake-up of “in­ten­sive an­i­mal in­dus­try” and “an­i­mal hus­bandry” def­i­ni­tions would give coun­cils bet­ter flex­i­bil­ity when con­sid­er­ing de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.

The South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil will ta­ble the idea at the com­ing Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land con­fer­ence.

Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives from across the state will con­verge on Gladstone from Oc­to­ber 16–18 for the con­fer­ence where this, and many other, ideas will be de­bated.

If there is wide­spread sup­port for the coun­cil’s idea at the con­fer­ence, the as­so­ci­a­tion will then ad­vo­cate on be­half of all lo­cal gov­ern­ments at the state level.

South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil plan­ning and prop­erty port­fo­lio spokesman coun­cil­lor Neil Meik­le­john said lo­cal gov­ern­ments were forced to ap­ply the same de­vel­op­ment stan­dards to small an­i­mal hus­bandry en­deav­ours as they do for in­ten­sive pro­pos­als.

For ex­am­ple, Cr Meik­le­john said a free-range farm with 3000 hens was re­cently treated the same as poul­try fa­cil­i­ties with hun­dreds of thou­sands of birds.

“Across the state peo­ple are do­ing free-range type egg op­er­a­tions and these type of low-in­ten­sity eco-style op­er­a­tions are caught up in the def­i­ni­tion of a pad of 10 chicken sheds with 50,000 chooks in each shed,” he said.

“We are say­ing that both things need to be as­sessed but as­sess­ing them un­der the same leg­isla­tive process and the same ap­pli­ca­tion fees is not ap­pro­pri­ate.

“We need to stream­line the process for the smaller op­er­a­tions and we can do this by chang­ing the def­i­ni­tion of ‘in­ten­sive’.”

The State Gov­ern­ment re­fused to com­ment specif­i­cally on this is­sue.

In­stead a gov­ern­ment spokes­woman said the State Gov­ern­ment had an ex­cel­lent work­ing re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal coun­cils and the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“For in­stance, we worked with LGAQ to re­in­state the Fi­nan­cial Aid pro­gram to ben­e­fit indige­nous coun­cils,” the spokes­woman said.

“I know our min­is­ters meet reg­u­larly with the LGAQ and lo­cal coun­cils.

“In re­gards to the mo­tions be­ing put for­ward at the LGAQ con­fer­ence in

Oc­to­ber, we will look at each of the mo­tions passed and work with the coun­cils and com­mu­nity to see great out­comes for all Queens­lan­ders re­gard­less of their lo­ca­tion.”

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