Overview

The Camperdown Compost Company Pty Ltd propose to expand and upgrade an existing composting facility located at 445 Sandys Lane Gnotuk Victoria 3260.

The works approval assessment is being carried out jointly with the Shire of Corangamite planning permit application.

The revised works approval application proposes an expansion from an existing licenced capacity of 24,000 tonnes per year to 50,000 tonnes per year and upgrading the composting technology and site infrastructure. A range of solid and liquid organic wastes are proposed to be processed and composted.

For more information on the works approval process see EPA works approvals (publication 1523.2).

What the application proposes

The Camperdown Compost Company Pty Ltd revised proposal is:

  • To accept up to 50,000 tonnes per year of both solid and liquid wastes.
  • The wastes to be accepted include green organic waste, food waste, animal effluent waste, food and beverage processing waste, and industrial wash water wastes.
  • The liquid and solid organic wastes will be processed by biological drying initially through an aerated static pile composting process to pasteurise the wastes followed by an open turned windrow process to compost and mature the product
  • The facility will produce up to 22,000 tonnes of finished compost per year.
  • The finished product is a compost that is used by farmers across south western Victoria.

Latest update

Works approval granted

On 2 October 2020, the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) granted The Camperdown Compost Company Pty Ltd a works approval with conditions to expand and upgrade its existing composting facility located at 445 Sandys Lane, Bookaar, Victoria, 3260.

The expansion will increase the amount of organic waste that can be processed from the current 24,000 tonnes to 50,000 tonnes per year. The facility will receive 26,000 tonnes of liquid organic waste and 24,000 tonnes of solid organic waste. The liquid waste will be processed via a biological drying process prior to the normal pasteurisation and maturation composting. The upgrade will include a new liquid waste receivals area, a new aerated biological drying and pasteurisation composting area and new drainage infrastructure. The upgrade will reduce risks from odour and groundwater pollution.

The assessment was carried out jointly with the Shire of Corangamite. EPA received 5 submissions and Council 41 submissions over two public comment periods. A copy of the works approval, and the public submissions can be found in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

If you object to the issuing of the works approval or its conditions, you may have the decision reviewed by applying in writing within 21 days of the date of issue to:

Registrar, Planning and Environment Division
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
7th Floor, 55 King Street, Melbourne

An application fee may be applicable when lodging an appeal with VCAT.

Contact VCAT on 03 9628 9777 for further details on fees associated with an appeal. A copy of the appeal should also be forwarded, within seven days of lodgement, to:

Manager, Development Assessments Unit
Environment Protection Authority Victoria
GPO Box 4395, Melbourne 3001

Previous updates

On 17 September 2020, The Camperdown Compost Company provided a revision to their Works approval Application. Table 8, on page 29, Section 7.6 of their application has been updated to include Grease interceptor trap effluent (waste code K120), which should have been included in list of waste types to be accepted. This waste type is currently accepted at the existing facility and included in their current EPA Licence Number 13415.

Table 8 can be viewed separately in the 'Supporting documents' section under 'Revised works approval documents'.

On 3 September The Camperdown Compost Company Pty Ltd provided EPA a Section 67A Agreement to waive time limits, extending the specified assessment period until 3 October 2020.

The Camperdown Compost Company provided a response to public submissions. This document can be found in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

Submissions to EPA on Camperdown Composts revised application closed on 12 August 2020. During this time, EPA received 5 submissions and the Corangamite Shire received 34 submissions. Submissions were also received by the EPA on the original proposal in 2019. Redacted versions of all submissions are now available in the 'Supporting documents' section of this page.

On 17 December 2019, The Camperdown Compost Company approved a 10 week extension, from the date they resubmit their revised application, to the statutory assessment period under Section 67A of the Environment Protection Act.

On 26 June 2020 EPA accepted The Camperdown Compost's revised application. A copy of the revised works approval application (number 1003503) and its appendices can be viewed in the 'Supporting documents' section.

On 17 December 2019, The Camperdown Compost Company approved a 10 week extension, from the date they resubmit their revised application, to the statutory assessment period under Section 67A of the Environment Protection Act.

This means that EPA’s assessment of this works approval application was on hold until the proponent resubmitted their application (26 June 2020).

Public submissions have now closed. EPA received 7 public submissions relating to this works approval application. You can read them in the ‘Supporting documents’ section.

A public information session was held on 14 October 2019 at the Killara Centre in Camperdown.