An application for the expansion of Wilrose Piggery in Netherby, near Maryborough, has been lodged with the Fraser Coast Regional Council. The expansion would allow the piggery to house around 16,000 pigs at any time.
This will have a detrimental impact on the adjacent Mary River, endangered and vulnerable flora and fauna, as well as resulting in the confinement and suffering (and ultimately, the slaughter) of hundreds of thousands of animals every year.
(Read more about piggeries here)
This application must be rejected.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council is accepting public submissions regarding this application until 19/10/21. Please speak up for the thousands of pigs, as well as the wildlife and the local community who will be negatively impacted by this factory farm.
UPDATE 5pm 19/10/21 - Thank you to the 1665 of you who sent in submissions to the Fraser Coast Regional Council opposing this piggery expansion. Submissions have now closed. We will continue to monitor this application for further updates and update our supporters accordingly. If you completed a 'properly made submission' you should also be notified once the council makes a formal decision about this application.
UPDATE 19/01/22 - The Fraser Coast Regional Council voted 7-4 in favour of approving the expansion of Wilrose Piggery yesterday.
What was good to see was the morality of factory farming being questioned by several Councillors. Cr David Lewis questioned the lack of room available for the pigs, and pointed out that the wider public are becoming less tolerant of factory farming. Cr. James Hansen said that he could not support the development on moral grounds, and is against 'confinement operations'. And Mayor George Seymour spoke about the intelligence and sentience of pigs & the immoral nature of these types of farms.
Interestingly, Cr Dennis Chapman said that he's never seen a piggery where pigs can't turn around. We invite Dennis Chapman to watch Dominion to see the reality of Australian Pig Farming.