WHY THE KIAMA LEP SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN AMENDED TO ALLOW FOR AN ABATTOIR IN ROSE VALLEY

 

The land is zoned in the Kiama LEP part RU2 (called ‘Rural Landscape’) and part E2 (called ‘Environmental Conservation’).  The 2017 DA is for an abattoir to be built in the RU2 zone.

 The Kiama LEP is a statment of the Planning preferences for the area:

 Abattoirs are NOT allowed on RU2 zoned land.  Abattoirs are NOT even allowed on RU1 zoned land which is for ‘Primary Production’.

 The LEP should NOT have been amended to support a specific commercial enterprise when this enterprise is specifically forbidden.  The amendment is not a strategic change to a strategic document.

 Allowing an abattoir on RU2 zoned land WILL set a precedent for others to follow which will render the LEP meaningless as a strategic planning document.

 The property is already being used for an extensive agricultural operation in the grazing of cattle.  Some of the lower lying pasture improved flats to the east are flood prone.  Several watercourses flow down the slopes and across the flats in the vicinity of the proposed abattoir.  It is NOT best practice to place an abattoir near a creek system that runs into the sensitive and already compromised Werri Lagoon, which contains two endangered ecological communities.

  It is intended that the land immediately adjacent to the abattoir will be used for effluent disposal. The rainfall data presented is flawed as it does not accurately reflect the true rainfall of Rose Valley. 

 The DA states:

“The investigation found that the soils at the site have a limitation for on-site sub-soil irrigation disposal of treated effluent system”.

“Cattle will need to be kept off the irrigation area for at least thirty days following irrigation with treated effluent”.  

“The site primarily drains initially to the east thence to the south east”.

herefore, any effluent whether treated or secondary, will enter the catchment and end up in Werri Lagoon.

Climate change will see more frequent and extreme weather events that may seriously exceed the capacity of proposed Sewage Treatment Plant. This plant has been assessed by the Department of Civil and Environmental engineering at Wollongong University. The conclusion fo this investigation is, put simply, "it will not work"

There is no way to monitor the proposed condition of two animals being killed per week.  If the Applicant seeks to expand their business or is pressured by the market to expand, the facility, if approved as proposed, could slaughter over 4000 animals per year. The proponent could seek an amendment to the conditions of consent.  This would be easier to obtain than it was to obtain the additional permitted use in the first place.

 As earlier stated on their website, their market is “Brisbane - Sydney – Melbourne”.  this claim has been amended to read "Sydney".  There is also the current supply to six restaurants at Berry, Nowra, Kiama, Liverpool and Campbelltown.  There is little doubt that if the market expands the Council will be pressured to exceed the limitations of any approval given.

ZONE OBJECTIVES 

“To protect and improve water quality of natural waterbodies and groundwater” (which would be jeopardised by an abattoir).

 “To protect scenic and cultural landscapes, including prominent landscape"

Werri Beach Lagoon contains two endangered ecological communities listed under the ‘Threatened Species Conservation Act’.  They are ‘Coastal Saltmarsh’ and ‘Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest’.  Werri Lagoon is already a highly compromised system which has to be mechanically opened. 

 Allowing an abattoir to be built in a high rainfall area, prone to flooding within the Werri Lagoon catchment would not be considered if the state of the environment was being taken seriously.