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Westpork's application for an artificial insemination centre in Bullsbrook was refused.

City of Swan rejects application for piggery in Bullsbrook

By Sally McGlew

THE fate of a Bullsbrook Piggery has been decided after the City of Swan voted unanimously to refuse the development application at Gaston Road.

Westpork were seeking approval to house 188 boars at the facility and collect their semen for its other properties across WA.

Westpork provide the state with 50 per cent of its edible pork.

The initial application was deferred at the Ordinary Council Meeting on October 21, in order for staff to investigate and advise on problems with ‘stable fly’ and its potential impact on other rural businesses.

Objections were based on proximity to the townsite, odour, noise, pollution and decreased land values.

Humane concerns surrounding the basic needs of pigs were also raised.

The subject land site is zoned ‘Rural’ under the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) and ‘General Rural’ under the City’s Local Planning Scheme No 17.

The application was referred to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) who all approved the development application.

Despite the owners acknowledging the boars would be housed in a shed which would remain clean and dry with used sawdust litter, manure and other waste being removed to industry standards and carcasses removed and buried to recommended practices, Council was not convinced a six weekly cleaning of the stalls would be often enough.

The 2000-square-metre facility is planned for the 60-ha rural-zoned site and includes a stud shed and laboratory for quality control.

The facility would provide Westpork’s future breeding centre with their Pinjarra operation housing approximately 5000 pigs.

The company owns and operates eight farms in WA.

The centre planned to operate between 4am-8am on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

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