CopRice (a division of Ricegrowers Ltd) have applied for a works approval under section 19B of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

The site at 2 & 4 Barry Court, Wangaratta, VIC 3677 was previously operated by Feed Rite Pty Ltd to produce extruded equine feed. CopRice acquired the site in July 2019 and propose to upgrade the facility to expand the range of products to include extruded dog food.

A planning permit for the facility has been issued by Rural City of Wangaratta on 2 March 2020.

The full application can be viewed in the 'Supporting documents’ section of this page.

Latest update

Works approval granted

EPA has issued a works approval with conditions to Ricegrowers Ltd. The works approval allows for the upgrade of an existing animal feed and pet food manufacturing facility. The facility will have a production capacity of 35,000 tonnes per year.

EPA received 1 submission during the public comment period. EPA values the contribution from the Wangaratta community received during our assessment process.

The works approval and assessment summary are available to view in the 'Supporting documents' section of this page.

If you object to the issuing of the works approval or its conditions, you may have the decision reviewed at VCAT 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

What this application proposes

The facility proposes to produce up to 35 ,000 tonnes per annum of extruded dog food and equine feed. Prior to the site being acquired by CopRice, approximately 12, 000 tonnes per annum of extruded equine feed was being produced. The proposal will enable the expansion of the range of products produced on the site to include extruded dog food.

The facility is intended to operate up to 24 hours, seven days a week at full production capacity.

The proposal is scheduled as D05 (Pet food processing).

Previous updates

CopRice have provided a response to the submission made on this works approval. It can be viewed in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

CopRice have also provided an addendum to the Noise assessment which can also be viewed in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

Submissions are now closed. There was 1 submission made on this application, which is now available to view in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.