The piggery will be used as an artificial breeding centre for semen collection, processing and storing the semen from 100 boars.
The piggery will be used as an artificial breeding centre for semen collection, processing and storing the semen from 100 boars. Laura Hunt

PROJECT APPROVED: New piggery a first for our pork industry

A UNIQUE project will soon add another element to the South Burnett's rich pork industry.

A piggery near Tingoora will be used as an artificial breeding centre for semen collection, rather than meat production.

South Burnett Regional Council approved of the change of use at the piggery at Sunnymeade on Hansen's Rd, Greenview, during their August meeting on August 21.

The breeding centre will be limited to collecting, processing and storing the semen of 100 boars, which is equivalent to 160 standard pig units.

Mayor Keith Campbell said he understood the concerns of residents, but believed there were many positives to the project.

"The pig industry brings a considerable dominant contribution to the area," Cr Campbell said.

"The development may employ additional people and help the pig industry."

The site falls within a rural zone and is 1.6km north of the Tingoora township.

Cr Terry Fleichfresser said the new project would service a large part of the pork industry.

"This is a significant project to add to the pork industry across the South Burnett," he said.

As part of the council conditions, a veterinarian must be present at the artificial breeding centre when the semen is collected and the premises must be registered under the Queensland Artificial breeding of Stock Act 1979.

Cr Ros Heit said approving the project was a bit of a balancing act and was challenging because not many people wanted to live near a piggery.

"We always want new businesses to our area and the boar semen collection is new to our area," she said.

Cr Heit said she was confident the new business would have low impact on the area.

"There will be a significant vegetation barrier and I'm confident this will be a benefit to the economics of the region, without impacting people nearby," she said.

The piggery sheds will have extraction fans at the western end of the building, as well as electronically controlled blinds to assist with ventilation and temperature control.

The animal waste will be regularly flushed and collected in enclosed aerobic and anaerobic tanks and treatments dispersed into the flooring of the piggery to reduce the overall odour associated with the piggery's operation.

As it will not be a meat-producing piggery, the activities on the site will be significantly different to those of a traditional piggery and will therefore involve fewer heavy vehicle movements as well as less odour and noise.

Cr Kathy Duff said the council did not have any sound planning reasons to knock the project back, despite being aware of objections based on the devaluing of nearby real estate.

"We've done everything we can to minimise the impact on the neighbouring residences through the conditions," she said.

The site is 82.26 hectares that is currently used for grazing purposes, and has a number of water bores.

The intensive animal industry will be developed over three stages and there will be two piggery sheds and a storage shed.

A laboratory, staff rooms and amenities will be incorporated into one of the piggery sheds.