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Chicken boom

A MULTI-MILLION dol-lar expansion of Southern Riverlands Poultry will lift capacity by a third and create 30 jobs during construction.

The Boort expansion, approved on Tuesday by Loddon Shire Council, will also increase full-time staff as free-range poultry production increases by 360,000 birds at the broiler farm.

Plans for the company’s third stage at its site 5km from town comes as construction is nearing completion on a doubling of the farm’s current capacity.

Owner Jarrod Travanion said the farm would grow capacity for low-density, free-range breeding to more than one million birds, meeting RSPCA bare bird requirements, supplied to Bendigo-based Hazeldenes .

He said Southern Riverlands Poultry had a long-time contract with Hazeldene that also has several Loddon sites..

Mr Travanion said work on stage two started a year ago and the company now employed seven full-time staff.

“This will increase by a further three when the latest (eight-shed) work approved is completed plus casual staff,” Mr Travanion said.

Council received five objections to the proposal including concerns about increased traffic, rubbish and the potential for odour to come from the site. Shire officers said in their report that previous odour issues at the broiler farm had been addressed.

Director operations Steven Phillips told council that meetings had been held between objectors and the company. He said Southern Riverlands Poultry was co-operative with local residents in advancing plans.

Final plans for stage three are to be given to council for endorsement.


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