Submissions regarding the Tegel Broiler Chicken Farm proposed for Arapohue close on Wednesday, March 7.
The Northland Regional Council had received 27 submissions, with four in favour, at the time of writing.
Te Kopuru residents, Faith McManus and David Sarich, are unhappy with the length of the submission period.
“Arapohue locals found out on February 5 that this was happening and that Tegel had bought farms beside the river.
“Those opposing have only until March 7 to make submissions. We can only put in submissions to do with consent process - animal welfare, although a big concern to many of us, is not allowable.”
The concerns listed in the notices passed out at the community meetings include odour, the level of ground water to be taken, noise from heavy machinery, water quality, health issues causes by dust, odour and emissions, flooding on the proposed site, an increase in traffic and many others.
“It is not a reasonable timeframe for the community to engage within the democratic process between the Kaipara District Council, Northland Regional Council and Tegel represented by Tonkin and Taylor Ltd.”
Tegel refused to provide any further information other than the response received by this newspaper 13 days ago, which read:
“Tegel recognises its application to develop a state-of-the-art free-range broiler farm in Northland is of significant interest to the local community, and for this reason the company voluntarily sought public notification of its resource consent application.
“The publicly notified resource consent process will give any interested parties the opportunity to make submissions. Tegel is committed to working with the local community through this process.”
A protest will be held in Dargaville on Monday, March 5 leaving from the Northern Wairoa Boating Club at 1pm.
Any person can make a submission on the application to the NRC and KDC by sending a written or electronic submission, and copy of the submission must also be provided to Tegel Foods Limited.
Further information about about the proposed farm and how to make a submission is available at nrc.co.nz or visit kaipara.org.