Feedlot expansion approved for Canning Downs South

Feedlot expansion approved for Canning Downs South

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A concept image of the proposed additional covered pens at the Canning Downs South feedlot. Image supplied by Entegra Signature Structures.

A concept image of the proposed additional covered pens at the Canning Downs South feedlot. Image supplied by Entegra Signature Structures.

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An Elbow Valley feedlot has been given the green light to go ahead with a major expansion.

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An Elbow Valley feedlot has been given the green light to go ahead with a major expansion.

The Canning Downs South development application was approved at last week's Southern Downs Regional Council. meeting in Stanthorpe.

The expansion will comprise of two stages, to take the 2400 standard cattle unit capacity feedlot near Warwick to a 9400 SCU capacity.

The first stage of development will see the existing feedlot area brought up to a 3500 SCU capacity while the second stage would add a further 5900 SCU on a new pad, located about 680 metres south east of the existing feedlot.

The initial application looked to expand the feedlot to a 12, 500 SCU capacity but that was decreased to 9400 SCU following negotiations with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Southern Downs mayor Tracy Dobie said the development would be a significant boost to the region's agricultural sector and economy.

"While some concerns were raised through the development approval process, council officers have listened carefully and addressed these issues by attaching certain conditions to the development approval," Cr Dobie said.

"Our region remains largely dependent on the agricultural industry.

"Once completed, the cattle feedlot at Elbow Valley will be the largest in the region.

"It's great to have primary producers investing in our region, and overall it's a massive boost for the future of the Southern Downs."

Two additional covered pens will be included in the expansion and the sedimentation basin and effluent ponds will be deepened.

As part of the development, the feedlot will be required to upgrade Barlows Gate Road to improve safety and reduce noise and dust impacts by widening sealed sections before stage one starts while the remaining unsealed 2.5km section of the road will need to be sealed with bitumen for stage two.

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