Mega-dairy plan to be explained

RESIDENTS for No Feedpad On The Floodplain are holding two public information sessions.

A spokesman said the sessions would help the community understand two ‘mega-dairy’ development applications currently before Bellingen Shire Council.

“The New Zealand-owned Raleigh Dairy Holdings proposes 790 cows at the North Bank Road Dairy and 1500 cows at the Yellow Rock Road site,” the spokesman said.

“It is common knowledge that the health of the shire’s rivers is precarious and the Kalang River is already faecally contaminated, with the oyster industry facing possible extinction.

“The community is therefore asking for more time to appraise the 1600 pages of complex technical documentation in these troubling proposals.”

The information sessions are set down for 7pm on February 16 at the luncheon pavilion at Bellingen Showground and 7pm on February 21 at the Raleigh Hall.

“The closing date for public submissions on the Northbank DA is February 17 and this development will be decided by Bellingen Council,” he said.

“Submissions for Yellow Rock Dairy close on March 3, however, both council and the community are excluded from the final decision which will be made by a State

Government planning panel.

“Speakers at these information sessions will cover river health and effluent management aspects of the proposals, flora and fauna issues, agronomy, animal welfare and ethics, as well as a discussion on the economic and community amenity impacts of the proposals.”



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