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Driving out Parkwood

By johnboy - 16 April 2007 25

The Canberra Times informs us that there’s a big push on to end battery hen production at Parkwood. Sadly some really stupid reasons are being proposed such as the bird flu risk to Macgregor West and our potential listing as an utterly useless UNESCO Urban Biosphere Reserve.

The Greens’ Deb Foskey is apparently drafting legislation to end the revolting practice and, more importantly in this town, developers want the land.

Good outcomes for bad reasons don’t give a great deal of hope.

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bonfire 12:07 pm 17 Apr 07
bonfire 12:00 pm 17 Apr 07

intersting article in the age blogs on different egg labelling.

S4anta 11:58 am 17 Apr 07

Neanderthalis,

go here here, check the RSPCA’s anal report (yes, it is spelt correctly, read report to see why), specifically the numbers quoted for chook put down in the ACT. With a number just unbder an eighth of this cities population, I would revisit that assumption.

emd 10:57 am 17 Apr 07

I checked the details on keeping livestock in suburban backyards with various ACT Government departments in 2003 – the combined effects of bushfires and drought meant I was getting desperate for somewhere to keep my horse.

In the ACT, you can keep any animal you like in your backyard, provided it can be done hygienically. In effect, this rules out pigs kept in farm-style manner (as opposed to LA-trendy pet pigs that sleep on your bed). But it’s quite OK to keep goats, chickens, horses etc as long as you clean out and dispose of their waste appropriately. If the neighbours start complaining about the smell, you’ll be in trouble with Urban Services.

The other issue to consider in the ACT is planning laws for outbuildings. If you don’t have a garage or shed to conveniently convert, you may find that the size of outbuilding you need for your animals requires planning approval. Which means the neighbours might reasonably object.

That said, lots of houses in Canberra already have stables, or garages that could be converted. Check out Duffy Street in Ainslie for examples – backs right onto reserve with horse riding trails too (a guy at Campbell Park offices used to ride his horse to work every day from Hackett, and park it under a tree with some hay & water for the day).

There’s plenty of people who keep livestock in their backyard – RiotAct has had previous discussions about the lady who walks her goats in Ainslie parks.

neanderthalsis 10:06 am 17 Apr 07

Do ACT Planning laws allow the keeping of domestic animals in urban areas? I know that in many suburbs in Brisbane you cannot keep chooks because of council “anti-chicken discrimination” laws.

Having grown up eating fresh eggs, I must say that even “barn eggs” and free range eggs can’t compare with a genuinely fresh egg. Not to mention the odd double yolker.

I doubt that “back yard production” causes any harm to chooks S4anta, they are hardy little creatures, eat whatever you throw over the fence into their run and can be comfortable housed in a converted garden shed and a small chicken wire enclosure. Predators, from foxes and snakes to small children can be kept at bay by adding a couple of geese to your flock. And once the go off the lay, it’s a quick trip to the oven and roast chook for tea,

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