Meatworks Australia's works approval application

E.I. Group Consulting Project Management Pty Ltd (E.I Group), trading as Meatworks Australia Pty Ltd (Meatworks Australia) is proposing to construct a new abattoir at 630 Lancaster-Mooroopna Road, Gillieston (the premises). Agricultural activities have been historically performed at the premises including dairy, pasture and fodder cropping.

EPA is assessing this works approval application, while Greater Shepparton City Council (GSCC) is assessing the planning permit application. These independent processes are being undertaken concurrently and have been jointly advertised on Wednesday the 22 May 2019.

Have your say

Interested parties wishing to comment on the works approval application and/or make submissions to, or object to, the planning permit application, must do so by 5:00 pm on 12 June 2019.

You may comment on both the works approval and planning permit applications in the same submission or objection. All comments received will be considered in relation to both applications.

Submissions or objections should be sent to Greater Shepparton City Council via the Council’s website www.greatershepparton.com.au or by mail to:

Locked Bag 1000,
Shepparton,
Vic 3632.

Submissions or objections must include the name and address of the person making the submission or objection. Reasons for the objection and how the objector would be affected must also be detailed. Submitters may request in writing to be notified if the works approval is issued.

The abattoir will be capable of processing 3000 head per day of sheep within a fully enclosed series of buildings. The proposed activities will be carried out over 12 hours per day, 5-6 days a week with a period of shut-down for maintenance.

The major elements of the project that trigger works approval and licensing include:

  • meat processing operations (3000 sheep/day throughput),
  • factory wastewater treatment and storage ponds producing secondary treated recycled water (~0.52 ML/D or ~130ML/Yr),
  • sewage treatment plant for office and worker amenities (~5-10 kL/D),
  • recycled water beneficial use onsite across ~120 Ha of existing flood irrigation area.

Should the works be approved, the premises will be scheduled as D01 – Abattoirs.

The proposed wastewater generated at the premises will be treated to Class C and irrigated across pasture.

A works approval is a statutory approval issued by EPA. It permits, subject to certain conditions, the construction of a plant (such as an industrial facility), installation of equipment or modification of a process.

Approval is required for industrial and waste management works that may result in any of the following:

  • discharge of waste into the environment (air, water or land)
  • an increase in, or alteration to, an existing discharge
  • a change in the way waste is treated or stored.

Our works approval process is designed to ensure the best and most cost-effective environmental outcomes on projects are achieved. Without works approvals there is an increased risk of industrial projects causing pollution and requiring expensive retrofitting. Works approvals are an opportunity to save energy and water, and to reduce waste at the project design stage, creating value for a business.

Public participation is an important principle of the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the works approval process. Accordingly, we invite the public to comment on works approval applications and some types of licence applications over a set consultation period.

During this consultation period, we may hold public open-house information sessions to explain the works approval process and provide information on the works approval application. We consider all such comments during our assessment of these applications. Applications are also referred to other relevant agencies for their review and advice.

The works approval process is designed to identify any community concerns early on and allow prompt resolution. If comments are received from any third parties, we give applicants an opportunity to address the concerns raised. We may also convene a conference of the parties to assist in resolving those concerns.

We complete our assessment taking into account our own technical appraisals, referral agency responses, public comments received and any applicant responses. We will then decide whether to issue a works approval and whether to attach any conditions to the approval.

The Environment Protection Act requires us to make a decision on works approval applications within four months of receiving a complete application, although we aim to complete our determination in three months. We may request further information from the applicant during the process or require an extension of time to complete the assessment.

If an appeal, by the applicant or affected third parties, is made against a works approval decision and/or any conditions attached to a works approval, the appeal will be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

When a works approval has been issued, the applicant must construct the works in accordance with the approved plans and any conditions (which include a completion date for all works). When the works are complete, the applicant must contact EPA to arrange an inspection of them.

In most cases, a licence will then be required for operation of the works. Where appropriate, we will issue a commissioning approval before the licence, to allow startup and testing of initial operations and to confirm compliance with the works approval.

Further information on works approvals and EPA’s works approval process can be found in EPA works approvals (publication 1523).

A planning permit is also required before the works can commence construction. An application has been concurrently submitted to the Greater Shepparton City Council and is under consideration.

During the public comment period interested parties wishing to comment on the works approval application and/or the planning permit application are invited to make a written submission or objection by 5:00pm on 12 June 2019. You may comment on both the works approval and planning permit applications in the same submission or objection.

Submissions or objections should be sent to Greater Shepparton City Council via the Council’s website www.greatershepparton.com.au or by mail to Locked Bag 1000, Shepparton Vic 3632. Submissions or objections must include the name and address of the person making the submission or objection. Reasons for the objection and how the objector would be affected must also be detailed.

Submitters may request in writing to be notified if the works approval is issued.