Saga of infamous 'Pig House' opens new chapter

The Pig house in Godsall street. Terry Hendicott had a four-year battle with Toowoomba City Council. pig house update, sign writing on truck parked in yard at Godsall street.27 May 2003. Chronicle Archives
The Pig house in Godsall street. Terry Hendicott had a four-year battle with Toowoomba City Council. pig house update, sign writing on truck parked in yard at Godsall street.27 May 2003. Chronicle Archives Bev Lacey

THE saga of the infamous Pig House in Godsall St has a new chapter.

The house became well-known in Toowoomba when its former owner had a dispute with Toowoomba Council.

In protest against council he painted his house pink and adorned it with various pig apparel including nose and tail and later planted three scrap cars like slanted obelisks in his lawn.

Now developers want to build a veterinarian surgery on the property at 37 Godsall St and the issue has inflamed neighbours.

Berigan Family Trust's proposal includes a reception, one waiting room, one consulting room, a day theatre, a day recovery room, store room, kitchen, laundry and amenities.

Brian Roediger lives next door to the proposed surgery and said the development was inappropriate for the area.

He found out about the proposal after reading an article in The Chronicle on Thursday.

The Pig house in Godsall street. Terry Hendicott had a four-year battle with Toowoomba City Council. Cars upended in
The Pig house in Godsall street. Terry Hendicott had a four-year battle with Toowoomba City Council. Cars upended in "the pig house", 02 June 2003. Chronicle Archives Kevin Farmer

"We're concerned because we'll have diseased animals right next to us," he said.

"If there's no proper buffer zone we could face serious health risks."

Mr Roediger said a surgery was not well suited across from Queens Park, where the Carnival of Flower parade ends.

He said he had contacted Cr Geoff McDonald, who also lives on the street, about the matter.

Town planner Andrew Bullen spoke on behalf of the developer and said the proposal was supported by the planning scheme and would have virtually no impact on neighbours.

The town plan actually encourages non-residential uses like medical centres and small shops in the residential zone," he said.

Mr Bullen said one vet practitioner specialising in fish would be working at the site.

He said the vet would spend much of his time off-site and would not keep animals overnight.

"For all intents and purposes, from outside you won't even know it's a vet apart from a sign.

"It will be a non-intensive operation and only open during business hours."


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