DISCUSSIONS regarding the relocation of a Sinagra chicken farm are being described as positive.
Inghams Enterprises has been in talks with Wanneroo City Council, Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles and state ministers regarding moving from the Wanneroo Road site.
Mr Miles said the aim was for a staged exit that would keep the farm economically viable, workers employed and appease nearby residents.
“The talks I have had with the operators of the farm have been extremely positive and will hopefully lead to a breakthrough for all concerned parties in the near future,” he said.
“The farm is a source of many local jobs, which will be affected by any decision the government or operators may take.
“It is a very difficult issue as Inghams has every right to continue operations at the site, as long as it is compliant with government regulations and local by-laws.”
Mr Miles said a rural area north-east of Perth had been identified as a potential new site.
“Muchea has been highlighted as one of the spots to relocate them to,” he said.
Inghams public affairs general manager Andreas Dubs said the Sinagra farm was an important part of the company’s WA operations, but it recognised the effect of increasing urban encroachment.
“We’ve started active and positive discussions with the council and government stakeholders,” he said.
He said they were devising a plan for the farm to move within the next four to five years, which would require identifying a site and building a new feed mill and hatchery.
“It is an important part of our overall operations in WA so requires more involved consideration,” he said.
“But we recognise that it is the way to go.”