The proposed Jardana 1000 head-feedlot has created controversy

Community concern over proposed Jardana Feedlot

As the controversial 1000-head Jardana feedlot DA near Glen Innes has gained more momentum, members of the local community have voiced their concerns.

In April, the local company Jardana were approved to build the 1000-head feedlot by Glen Innes Severn Council.

Since the approval from council, the feedlot has drawn the attention of some members from the Glen Innes community.

The community group called Protect Glen Innes challenged council's approval of the project at the NSW Land and Environmental Court due to concerns of its proposed location to be built near a water catchment and residences, among other reasons.

The Protect Glen Innes group believes the proposed Jardana cattle feedlot has the potential to negatively impact the community, the Beardy Waters catchment, groundwater supplies and vulnerable and threatened local biodiversity and ecosystems.

Jardana feedlot DA applicant Owen Pedlow dismissed a number of the group's concerns, saying the feedlot is legally permitted in the area.

"They need to show the science behind their objections," he said.

"They are only putting fear of the development into the wider community over something that is not an issue."

Currently the new application submission has not been approved, the application is now before council. Any submissions to the application are to be received to council in writing by 4.30pm, Thursday, November 26.

Council will seriously look at the complaints, once they are sure to have dealt with the complainants in a satisfactory way then they can deal with the application itself.

The DA was previously approved, however it was surrendered by the applicant Mr Pedlow after a ''small technicality with the ministering of the DA that would have been tied up in the legal proceedings".

The issue of the feedlot has been brought to the attention of Animal Liberation the world's oldest animal rights organisation.

The Sydney-based group had the issue brought to their attention in April.

"We became aware of a change.org petition that local concerned citizens had instigated," Animal Liberation's Regional Campaigns Coordinator Lisa Ryan said.

"After we read the petition we then dug out the council's approval and had serious concerns.

"Due to my serious concern that council had approved the DA based on the inadequate information provided by the applicant, I began monitoring to see if there would be any legal action.

"Glen Innes council do not know how a thorough, objective and comprehensive assessment should be done, and I don't believe they care."

Despite the concerns held by the Protect Glen Innes group Mr Pedlow firmly believes the feedlot will benefit the community.

"It will bring extra jobs, and create more off farm jobs, which will have a huge effect into the community," he said.

"Additionally it will have a lot of products purchased from the local area and businesses in town, helping to support local businesses."

In acknowledgement of the issues and concerns of the Protect Glen Innes group Mr Pedlow has stated that he will have safety precautions in place should the feedlot be approved.

"Protect Glen Innes want the town to believe there is no environmental protection on this proposed feedlot site, when there will be extensive protection," he said.

"There are laws and regulations on the water damage, and we have plans in place to prevent that, we will have sediment ponds, holding ponds along with the council's water purification systems."

Despite having shown a concern for the water and environmental concerns the Animal Liberation do not see it as an adequate amount to counteract the potential harm.

Currently writing the objection from animal Liberation Ms Ryan believes the applicant has not provided the necessary inclusions to show management or containment of the serious risks and impacts to the environment and biodiversity.

"The current water cleaning is not going to be enough to get rid of the harmful pathogens in cow manure, the water purification is not adequate enough to remove the harmful chemicals," she said.

"The sediment ponds and catchments will not be enough to hold the manure seeping into the ground water in a major flooding."

Unsure of how much rain would be needed to cause this reaction, Ms Ryan continued to say that the run-off is just one issue.

"Some of the other issues are for the neighbours, they will not be able to step outside without gagging on the smell of cow effluent, and animal carcass, creating a biosecurity risk," she said.

Mr Pedlow has said that the application would not have been approved if it did not meet the guidelines.

"The DPI have guidelines for feedlots, at the end of the day there is a separation distance between the nearest receptor, and mine is well within that distance," he said.

Animal Liberation and Protect Glen Innes believe that if this feedlot happens it will be too late to repair the damaged despite Mr Pedlow's precautions and stance that the council's plan is capable of cleaning any cow manure up that could end up in the catchment.

"The applicant does not demonstrate how he will manage mitigate and control those risks and impacts, that is his job and he has failed to do so," Ms Ryan said.

"It should never have been approved, that is why it ended up taken to Land and Environment Court."