A proposal for a new piggery in Willyung has angered nearby residents who say they were not given enough time to object to the plan. John Quartermaine, who lives on a neighbouring property barely 500m from the proposed site on Parker Brook Road, is worried the smell will dominate the area. The City of Albany received an application from Milne AgriGroup in February for the rotational outdoor piggery, which would process up to 8500 pigs at a time or 28,000 a year. Milne AgriGroup, which owns the Plantagenet Pork and Mt Barker Free Range Chicken brands, has also recently submitted a proposal for a piggery of the same size in Narrikup. The company said the new piggeries would help meet growing demand for free-range pork, adding to the 10 already operating in the area. Mr Quartermaine said he would be able to see the proposed Willyung piggery from his back door. “The smell, the flies and the dust will be terrible,” he said. “If we get 20 per cent of the wind in our direction, that’s a lot of weeks a year. “The river is only 400m away with a 20m gradient down to the river in that distance, and if it gets in there it will go straight down into Oyster Harbour. “There is a stream that runs into the King River, and that is the only thing that is keeping the King River alive up this end. If that dries up, the King River will dry right up.” According to Milne AgriGroup’s environmental management plan, the piggery meets the buffer requirements outlined by Australian Pork Limited. Some of those requirements are a buffer of 800m between the piggery and major water supply storage; a buffer of 250m to external rural dwellings; and gently sloping land. Mr Quartermaine said he was surprised about the piggery plan, claiming few residents knew of it. “We heard about it from someone in town one Saturday morning and fronted the Shire about it on the Monday, and they said a proposal had been sent to us 10 days ago — but it hadn’t turned up,” he said. “The next day, it arrived. “We dropped out 200 flyers over the weekend and talked to people in different areas, and no one knew about it. I haven’t spoken to one person who saw it advertised.” With COVID-19 restrictions in place, he said residents were unable to have a community meeting. There are already two piggeries in the area on Millbrook Road and Hazzard Road. The proposal was received by the City on February 11 and the community consultation period closed on March 24. A City spokesman said all landowners within a 1km radius of the proposed site had received a copy of the proposal and the Environment Management Plan in the mail. The consultation process also included referrals to relevant government departments and a public notice on the City’s website. City infrastructure, development and environment director Paul Camins said the City was following due process and considering the application on its merits. “Part of that process has included a consultation period through which we’ve received a large number of submissions that officers are reviewing,” he said. “The proposal is currently pending as the applicant has been requested to provide more information to allow us to finalise our assessment, and when that is complete it will be able to progress to council for further consideration. Anyone who has made a submission will be informed of the meeting dates the proposal goes to council so they have the opportunity to address council.” Milne AgriGroup was contacted for comment.