Olsen's Eggs submits plans to expand its Lalla chicken operation

With demand outstripping supply Olsen’s Eggs is looking to expand its Lalla operation.

A development application advertised by the City of Launceston shows plans for a new free-range chicken shed for egg production.

In 2015 the council controversially approved a similar facility, with some nearby residents concerned about odour, noise and stormwater runoff.

At the time farmer Chris Olson said all concerns had been taken into account and the development would create employment in the area and boost the local economy.

The new proposal would be built 900 metres away from the shed approved in 2015, and would have space to house 7200 chickens.

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“There will be no roosters [and] the chickens will have approximately 3.5 hectares to range about in and will have free access to and from the shed for laying, feeding and watering,” the application said. 

The proposed layer shed would be located in an existing clearing which has “a significant area of native vegetation” to the north, west and south. 

“To the east a ring of trees exists, with some gaps. It is proposed to plant the eastern side of the shed with native species, including a mix of eucalypts and blackwood,” the application said. 

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The height of the proposed shed at its peak would be 4.4 metres but the site would not be visible from Launceston, Lilydale, the Tamar River or any arterial roads. 

The development application said the proposal would be subject to an environmental code because the facility would be within 500 metres of the boundary of another property which has a “sensitive use”.