Chicken farms approved, but with conditions

The development of two, free range chicken farms near Toongabbie has been granted by Wellington Shire Council’s planning department; however, with strict conditions.

Some Toongabbie residents raised fears the proposed two, 400,000-bird farms would result in odour pollution and increased traffic on roads.

In its approval of the planning permits, council placed a number of obligations on the applicant, including:

– The applicant must fund and construct upgrades to the intersection of Traralgon-Maffra and Sale-Toongabbie Roads.

– Move some of the sheds within the property boundary to increase the separation distance from surrounding dwellings; and

– Reduce the capacity of the second farm from 400,000 to 320,000 birds.

– Comply with an Environmental Management Plan on an ongoing basis.

The applicant and the objectors have the right to appeal council’s decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Full story in Thursday’s Express.