Loch Lomond feedlot plan is in
By JEREMY SOLLARS
THE region's cattle feedlot boom continues to grow, with yet another application for a new operation received by Warwick Shire Council this week. Gold Coast-based company Professional Investment Cattle is seeking approval to build a 1700 standard cattle unit (SCU) feedlot on the property "Belvedere", in Bourkes Road at Loch Lomond. Documents lodged with the council show the company purchased the 440 hectare mixed farming property in July last year. The company is a subsidiary of Professional Investment Holdings which it states is Australia's "largest licensed dealer in securities", with $12.5 billion under management. If approved, the feedlot is expected to turn out about 170 cattle every week to be processed at the Killarney Abattoir. The Department of Main Roads has advised the council the intersection of Bourkes Road with the Warwick-Killarney Road would require upgrading to accommodate semi-trailer turning movements. At least four deliveries of cattle would be expected every week. The application stated water to the feedlot would be sourced from bores on the Belvedere property and up to 30 per cent of the feed used to fatten the cattle would be grown on the property. Killarney Abattoir spokesman Hector Hancock said if approved, the feedlot would be another source of cattle which would "help ensure our economic future". "It would represent about a 15 per cent increase in our cattle processing," Mr Hancock said. "The cattle would be finished over a 70-day period which would suit our market." Meanwhile, the Nolan family of Goomburra has re-submitted an application for a feedlot on North Branch Road. Their original application for a 999 SCU feedlot was refused by the council in November. A council spokeswoman said yesterday the new proposal was for a 499 SCU operation. She said it was received just before Christmas and would be on public display shortly. The Nolan's original proposal drew considerable opposition from the Goomburra community, with objections citing concerns about odour, water supply and conflicts with the rural residential character of the district and the intent of the shire plan. Other development applications on public display with the Warwick Shire Council include plans for an extension to Black Toyota's existing premises in Wood Street. Another applicant plans to split two blocks at the corner of Pratten Street and Myrtle Streets to build four new brick homes. The owner of an existing industrial shed at 113 McEvoy Street is seeking the council's permission to develop the premises as a cafe and takeaway food outlet, with an outdoor dining area. And a proposal for 27 community- title style units at the corner of Coe Street and Horsman Road has also been submitted, by a Sydney-based developer.