Allan Fuary with the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s 2010-2011 Development Assessment Schedule of fees and charges.
Allan Fuary with the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s 2010-2011 Development Assessment Schedule of fees and charges. Karleila Thomsen

Pig keeping prices sky rocket

A SLAB of bacon can be pretty expensive these days but nowhere near as dear as keeping a live pig of your own.

Maryborough resident Allan Fuary discovered just how pricey pigs can be when he investigated the possibility of buying a few of the saddleback variety.

Wanting to do the right thing by the council, he asked about regulations and got a hell of a shock when his queries were answered.

He was told he would have to pay a development application fee of $6581 – regardless of how many hogs he kept on his 40-acre property.

“I only want to keep a few, no more than half a dozen at a time,” he said.

“But the cost is the same regardless of whether you want two or whether you want an intensive piggery with hundreds of animals.”

Mr Fuary wanted to buy a couple of pigs to help keep traditional breeds genetically strong.

“A lot of these breeds that were around for years are now in danger of disappearing because the commercial piggeries use other breeds that are better for bacon and pork,” he said.

“I only wanted to have a few to keep the bloodlines strong but I’m not prepared to pay six and a half thousand dollars for it.”

Mr Fuary said he was told by a council employee that free-ranging pigs did not attract a development fee, but that information was refuted by a council spokesman.

“Under the planning scheme definition, keeping means bringing animals on to a property – whether they are to be penned or kept in a free-range situation,” the spokesman said.

“The keeping of pigs, including pet pigs, is regarded as intensive animal husbandry and landowners are required to gain a Development Permit.

“An application fee applies to the processing of development permits. The planning scheme and schedule of fees and charges does not differentiate between the numbers of animals to be kept.

“However, under Clause 8 of the Council’s schedule of fees and charges, the applicant can apply to the Assessment Manager for a reduction in the fees where a strict application of the scheduled fee is obviously unreasonable for the type of application being received.”



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