Dean Sikiric throws in the towel in his attempt to establish a free-range poultry farm.
Dean Sikiric throws in the towel in his attempt to establish a free-range poultry farm. John Gass

Chicken farmer flies the coop

A CUDGEN farmer forced to remove a chicken farm from his property has expressed doubt that a development application for a new chicken farm would be successful.

Gary Temessl has lodged an application with the Tweed Shire Council to establish a free range poultry and egg farm at Cudgen Rd, Cudgen.

The application was for a maximum of 10,000 chickens in five mobile sheds.

Farmer Dean Sikiric had attempted to establish a chicken farm on the site but had thrown in the towel after ongoing battles with Tweed Shire Council.

Mr Sikiric did not have approval from the council when he started the venture.

"I'm not confident this application will be successful," Mr Sikiric said.

"I had received a lot of support from neighbours about the farm but there have been objectors."

Mr Sikiric ended up in the Land and Environment Court after establishing a free range poultry farm on the property without council approval.

On December 9 he was ordered to remove the chickens and associated structures within 40 days.

Last month the Tweed Shire Council advised solicitors to proceed with contempt of court after the deadline past without the chickens being removed.

Mr Sikiric has since decided to walk away from the poultry farm and said stress over trying to establish the farm was the reason he had to turn his back on the venture.

Mr Temessl did not want to be interviewed about the application.



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