Broiler farm to go ahead after opponents decide not to fight VCAT decision

Opponents to Grandview Poultry’s planning application for a six shed, 325,000 bird broiler farm will not appeal the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s decision to grant the application in the Supreme Court.

Releasing a statement last month, the opponents, Moolort Plains residents, announced they will not contest the VCAT decision to grant the planning application for the Strathlea broiler farm which overturned a previous decision from the Central Goldfields Shire Council to deny the application.

Twenty-two local residents defended the council decision at VCAT, however after seeking legal advice they have decided not to take the matter further through the court system, mainly due to the significant costs, a statement read.

Spokesperson for the group, Marg Lewis, said that the ongoing legal battle to protect their neighbourhood had taken a heavy toll on the community both financially and emotionally.

“We can’t see an end to this battle, the developers have greater financial resources than we do and can just keep coming back with slightly modified plans until they wear us down financially and emotionally,” she said.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 13.

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