Calls for shake-up to DA
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.”