Winiam Flora ReserveNHILL and Winiam East residents are concerned the expansion of a nearby duck farm will threatenendangered plants and animals in the area.
Hindmarsh Shire Council has approved a planning permit for Luv-a-Duck tobuild four new sheds to house28,000 ducks.
Each shed will be used toproduce duck eggs, which will be collected daily and transferred to ahatching plant at Nhill.
However, community members are concerned the expansion’s close proximity to the Winiam Flora Reservewill damage the ecosystem.
Winiam resident Alison Dahlenburg saidwater from Winiam Eastflowed into the reserve and then into Nhill swamp.
The reserve’s permanent water supply protectsbuloke and wattle trees.After flooding the reserve can hold water up to 18 months and attracts hundreds of waterbirds.
Miss Dahlenburg said there weremany objectors to the Luv-a-Duck’sproposal.
“There are fears it will wreck the road, wreck the reserve, it will stink and it will be noisy,” she said.
“Winiam East Road will become a truck road and at the moment that is a tourist area, with people coming through from Dimboola to visit the reserve.
“There are also endangered species like mallee fowl in the area, which could get hit by trucks.”
Miss Dahlenburg said ducks moultedand residents were concerned the feathers would flow into the reserve.
“The sheds will be too close to houses and too close to the reserve,” she said.
“I understandLuv-a-Duck is a big industry and it’s great for the economy, but so is farming and tourism, so why wreck those industries at the sake of another?”
Other objections included fears the expansion would be detrimental to other duck breeders nearby and groundwater, would increaseroad traffic, and could spread disease.
Miss Dahlenburg said residents were extremely disappointed the duck company had been granted a planning permit. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria did not object to the proposal.
The planning permit has a number of conditions, including that noise emitted from the premises must be regulated and offensive odours must not be discharged beyond the boundaries of the premises.
Miss Dahlenburg said residents were considering further action.
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