EXPANSION plans for a Wagga lawn farm, the use of treated waste to water it and early hours of operation.
Those elements have provided the necessary fertiliser for a minor turf war between residents of Wagga's northern outskirts and the operators of the facility.
Debate over the approval of the RivTurf development application (DA) ensued for about half an hour at Wagga City Council's meeting on Monday night.
As part of the modification to the company's existing operation on Byrnes Road, the owners sought the provision of turf farming on two additional nearby lots.
Irrigating it using recycled waste water from the Teys Australia abattoir and allowing turf to be cut from 4am during certain times of the year were also mooted.
But, those plans have been turfed by some of its neighbours, including Byrnes Road resident Maree Crowley, who spoke in opposition to the plan.
Mrs Crowley, whose property adjoins the subject land, addressed the forum on behalf of the Bomen Community Group and said the conditions of approval were "insufficient" in minimising potential impacts.
Noise, spray drift, raised dust and an increase in traffic were among the concerns.
Another was the quality of the recycled water and how that would be monitored.
If approved, Mrs Crowley said the company's land area would almost triple and pushed for the company's operation to be restricted to the current approved area.
She said turf farming couldn't be compared to other types of agriculture due to its intensity and slammed any idea that nearby homes wouldn't be affected by early start times.
"4am starts are not part of normal farming practices," Mrs Crowley said.
Also included in the proposal is the operation of a roadside stall from the property, which Mrs Crowley said had been mooted for peak hours on a busy intersection.
Councillor Garry Hiscock voiced his concern over the number of questions raised by the push and told the meeting he found it difficult to form a "definite opinion".
"We've got to spend a bit more time dealing with (residents') issues," Cr Hiscock said.
"I'm in no man's land here at the moment, I support industry but I support the people."
Cr Rod Kendall recommended the proposal be approved with conditions at council's ordinary meeting on February 24.
Cr Kendall cited the need for additional information which addressed the concerns of nearby residents, including the appropriate separation of the waste water and chemical sprays from adjoining houses.
It was also suggested the operating hours be modified to between 7am and 8pm between October and April, excluding irrigation, to remove any concern over a 4am start.
The farm currently operates between those times, with shorter hours during winter.
An offer to visit Mrs Crowley's property is also expected to be taken up by councillors.
The DA was brought before council because 10 or more submissions were received during its period of public exhibition.
USE of recycled waste water by Teys Australia is already happening elsewhere, Wagga City Council has been told.
Speaking in favour of the RivTurf expansion plans at council's meeting on Monday night, Teys Wagga general manager Andrew Ross said the water had been successfully used for "productive purposes" at another Teys site in Rockhampton.
Councillor Rod Kendall questioned whether established practices at that site had be able to "prevent bad neighbour outcomes".
Mr Ross said the Rockhampton facility was in a residential area and the water planned for use at the Wagga site was "far more pure".
The water would be supplied directly to centre pivots at the expanded RivTurf site from a pump located at Teys waste water plant.
Tonya Longmore, a director at RivTurf, said the plans would allow them to expand into new markets, including sports turf, due to the different soil profile.
Mrs Longmore said the constant supply of nutrient-rich water would see a reduction in the use of fertiliser.
The planning process has been ongoing since the original development application (DA) was submitted in 2011 and a substantial amount of research undertaken.
"A number of concerns raised have been addressed in the DA," Mrs Longmore said.
"We've spoken to council (yesterday), we've always been that open book."
Mrs Longmore said the 4am start time was to allow workers to beat the heat and to comply with noise restrictions the turf would have been cut at the furthest point from houses.
If approval is given, the company hopes to be planting before winter.