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A proposal for a poultry farm for up to 10,000 birds on the Cudgen property where a similar but illegal venture there recently sparked complaints and court hearings has been lodged with Tweed Shire Council.

The existing farm on Cudgen Road with several sheds and around 3,700 birds landed property owner Dean Sikiric in court last year after council took action to shut down the unauthorised operation.

Neighbouring landowners had complained about pollution, noise and foul odours.

Mr Sikiric, who had not lodged a development application (DA) for the venture, was ordered by the Land and Environment Court to remove several sheds and the chooks, but failed to do so.

As a result, council on 29 March filed a contempt of court action with the court to enforce removal of the operation.

In a previous council report on the issue, staff said Mr Sikiric did not live on the property and did not ‘have to endure the daily impacts’ of the pollution which neighbours had to endure every day.

A council spokesman told Echonetdaily that the recent DA for a free-range poultry farm on the property was being treated as an entirely separate matter from the one embroiled in the court proceedings.

The spokesman said neighbouring landowners had been notified about the DA with letters sent out on 23 March.

The two-week exhibition period closes on Wednesday 18 April, and the DA can be inspected on council’s DA tracking site (www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/datracking) or at council’s Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads offices and at the Kingscliff library.

The DA was lodged by Mr Gary Temessi. Echonetdaily could not contact either Mr Temessi or Mr Sikiric for comment.

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  1. We love the eggs from Cudgen and live in nearby John Robb Way and of course do not have to endure any unpleasant odours but can understand the land owners around the farm having a problem, but which was there first the chicken farm or the neighbours being affected. I can sympathise with the Poultry farmer and expenses he would have incurred to set up his business, buy the land etc. All seems unfortunate with newspaper reporting he has not obtained appropriate approvals. I do hope a happy ending can come about for the locals and the businessman.


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