The Pigs Win after a Sweet and Sow Fight; Council Adopts Compromise Deal after Four-Petition History

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Shelley Strachan

REPORTER

shelley.strachan@gympietimes.com

COMBATANTS from both sides of the Kandanga Creek pig farm controversy crowded into the public gallery of Gympie Regional Council yesterday to hear the council approve a much-reduced application.

It was the end of a long and bitter battle.

Originally rejected and then endorsed by the state government, the proposed free range farm on rural zoned land was also rejected and then endorsed by the council.

It generated four petitions a two against and two for it.

Farmers James and Chrissy Peskops withdrew their application in May when they learned council staff had recommended their proposal be rejected.

Their resubmitted, downsized application was given the green light yesterday.

But the community remains divided.

Emotions have run high and debate has raged among residents near Sterling Rd where the Peskops will now establish a rotational outdoor free-range pig farm for a maximum of 100 standard pig units (which equates to up to 144 actual pigs of varying size).

The pigs will be kept in two paddocks and will be provided with movable arc sheds for shelter. They will be rotated regularly and the portions of paddock when not used to contain pigs will grow pasture or crops.

Though officially classified as intense animal husbandry, the council stressed yesterday that the farm was ain actual fact, a low intensive applicationa and aa rural use in a rural zonea. …