Shrim­ply great news for new prawn farm

Gatton Star - - NEWS - NATHAN GREAVES [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

A SMALL scale prawn-grow­ing op­er­a­tion will soon be­gin con­struc­tion in the Som­er­set, fol­low­ing a devel­op­ment ap­proval by coun­cil.

The un­usual ap­pli­ca­tion has met with en­thu­si­asm from coun­cil­lors.

“I’m quite ex­cited by the prospect of the Som­er­set grow­ing prawns,” Coun­cil­lor Sean Choat said.

“We al­ready pro­duce quail out here, and now prawns as well.

“Aqua­cul­ture pro­jects like this in our re­gion are great for the area.”

The devel­op­ment en­tails the con­struc­tion of a new 430 square me­tre shed with a pa­tio on a Red­bank Creek prop­erty, which will house two 50sq m tanks for the prawns.

Em­ployee ameni­ties, pumps, a stor­age room, of­fice, and smaller tanks for wa­ter treat­ment will also be housed in the fa­cil­ity.

The shed will be de­signed with Color­bond sheet­ing on a con­crete base, to re­flect the ru­ral amenity one would ex­pect to see in the area.

Min­i­mal earth­works will be re­quired as part of pro­duc­tion, and no waste­water or run-off will be re­leased onto the land when com­pleted.

No clean­ing, cook­ing, or other prepa­ra­tion of the prawns will take place on-site, and they will be iced or quick­frozen for trans­porta­tion after har­vest­ing.

“What gets me is that there were no com­plaints dur­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod,” Coun­cil­lor Ch­eryl Gaedtke said.

“This has all been done with the good­will of the com­mu­nity.”

When com­pleted, the fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to gen­er­ate two full-time jobs.

Though the ap­pli­ca­tion’s con­sid­er­a­tion of the com­mu­nity was thor­ough, Coun­cil­lor Otis Ogg em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of mak­ing sure the com­pleted fa­cil­ity up­held its obli­ga­tions in re­gards to dis­posal and dis­ease.

“We’ll need to keep an eye on them,” he said.

“It’s still a busi­ness, even if it’s a bit fishy.”

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