Six year broiler battle continues for residents

Residents against the development of a Baringhup broiler farm are preparing to head back to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to fight new proposals from the developer.

The Baringhup proposal for three broiler farms, each accommodating up to 400,000 birds was sent back to VCAT after an Appeals Court decision for two of the three farms to be remitted earlier this year. A preliminary hearing for the case was held earlier this month.

According to a statement from project opponents, Save the Moolort Plains, applicant Pavilion Partners’ Michael Vukadinovic indicated at the VCAT hearing that he is planning to “submit amended plans with less sheds and a smaller number of birds so that the separation distances do not extend over the neighbouring houses”.

The opponents’ statement also said VCAT has indicated that it will soon issue orders that require the developer’s amended plans to be made available by October 26.

“After almost six years of battling the proposed plans the community remains strong but disappointed that planning laws allow this type of expensive and protracted action to take place with a seemingly endless repeat cycle,” a statement from the Save the Moolort Plains group read.

For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 25.

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