Bum Nuts or bum steer?

Craig and Theresa Robinson with two of their four children, William and Ayla, next to their free range poultry operation near Gunning. They and some of their neighbours are opposing a motocross development on an adjacent property. Photo: Supplied.
Craig and Theresa Robinson with two of their four children, William and Ayla, next to their free range poultry operation near Gunning. They and some of their neighbours are opposing a motocross development on an adjacent property. Photo: Supplied.

Craig and Theresa Robinson had wanted to move from Canberra to the country for some years and for Theresa, seeing the property 'Mt Dixon' was love at first sight. In June 2012 the family moved in and later decided to produce eggs to complement their sheep farming.

Before long there were eggs popping out and it was time to start selling them. A name, a logo and a slogan were born with the first delivery of Gunning Bum Nuts made on October 1, 2013 to Gunning Motors and Convenience Store. Customers loved the name and logo that has now been trademarked. 

Now Theresa and Craig have a waiting list for their eggs with around 3500 chooks on the job and another 1000 expected soon.  They are employing staff including some locals. 

Bombshell

Everything was going well with the eggs virtually selling themselves.  Then came the bombshell.  A motocross facility is proposed just over a nearby hill on an adjoining property.  Like their other near primary producing neighbours and those further afield, the Robinsons are appalled that such a major sporting facility could even be permissible.  

One of the many problems identified in objections to the proposed location of the motocross facility is that of biosecurity.  One of the threats to livestock assets identified by David Palmer, chairman of the Livestock Biosecority Network is invasive weeds, one of many aspects that has been most inadequately addressed in the Development Application according to the many objections. 

For the Robinsons, another very real threat is noise. They have observed a 25 per cent production drop during thunderstorms. What virtually year long, day long noise from the motocross would do is unimaginable.

Public gallery will be packed

A very sizable contingent of affected and concerned locals, including immediate neighbours, plus other people opposed to similar motocross proposals at Bannister and Goulburn, are expected at the next meeting of the Upper Lachlan Shire Council on February 19 when a presentation will be made to councillors.

One young family is hoping to realise a dream of moving to a productive country lifestyle and livelihood that includes their fledgling business Bum Nuts. They will justifiably feel that they have been given a bum steer if the motocross facility goes ahead.  

At Gunning Show on Sunday February 22 most activities will be free, especially for children. There will be all the usual displays in the Pavilion with free entry fee for junior classes. It has been a fantastic season for growing fruit, vegetables and flowers so get your entries in.

Highlights

New to Gunning this year is a crocodile encounters show. There will be treasure hunts all day, patting paddock and free kids face painting and entertainment. The shearing competition always attracts a keen gallery and the Yard Dog Trials have been expanded to two arenas. A full horse event program is offered.

Information is available at www.gunningshow.com.au or pick up a schedule from local shops.  

Over 1000 people were in Collector over the January long weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the shooting murder of Constable Samuel Nelson by bushranger John Dunn. Event co-ordinator, Gary Poile said that it was very satisfying to see such a great turnout for the event. 

Sunday: Gunning Golf Club meets at clubhouse at 12pm. Call 4845 6329.

Sat February 21: Harness Racing at the Showground from 3pm. Bring a picnic! 

Sunday February 22: Gunning 113th Annual Show. Family $25, pensioners/u18 $5.

Sunday February 22: Lions Markets on from 8am to 2pm. Enquiries and stalls call 4845 1288.

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