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Ramsay calls on Minister for Agriculture to ensure safety of Lara community

Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, to ensure the residents of Lara are not adversely affected by a proposed 4,500-goat farm in their community.

The 90-hectare farm and processing facility plans to hold 4,500 goats and operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The developers are planning to convert approximately 250,000 litres of fresh milk per day from these animals into 30 tonnes of whole milk powder”.

Local residents, whom are located less than a kilometre from the farm have serious concerns relating to a possible Q fever outbreak, noise and odour pollution, traffic congestion and animal welfare issues.

“The permit, was approved by Geelong’s appointed administrators despite very strong public opposition.”

A secondary farm, which had been planned in Moorabool, was rejected at a VCAT hearing.

“Despite strong public opposition Geelong’s appointed administrators disregarded the concerns of the local community and approved the development.”

“I fully support Victoria’s strong agricultural industry, but it should never compromise on the health and safety of animals and humans.”

“Given the possible intrusive nature of the farm, I ask the minister to take action to make sure that local residents are protected from a possible Q fever outbreak and to also ensure that the farm has high quality animal welfare standards for its livestock,” Mr Ramsay said.