EI Group Consulting Project Management P/L (EI Group), trading as Meatworks Australia P/L (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.

Latest update: Works approval granted

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) granted Meatworks Australia Pty Ltd (Meatworks) a works approval to construct an abattoir and meat processing facility at 630 Lancaster-Mooroopna Rd, Gillieston.

EPA received 16 submissions during the public comment period and issued one notice under section 22 of the Act, which requires an applicant to provide further information for a works approval. A 20B conference was held on 31 July, which gave local community the opportunity to consult on the application and identify issues to be resolved, prior to EPA's assessment and decision. A completed assessment report and approval are available in the 'Supporting documents' section. The non-technical summary (publication 1796) is available here.

Previous updates

EPA issued Meatworks Australia with a notice under section 22 of the Environment Protection Act 1970 to supply further information. This notice required Meatworks Australia to provide a formal response to the submissions received by 15 July. The due date passed before we received a response from Meatworks Australia, so the 'statutory clock' on this application paused.

We have now received Meatworks Australia's response to the notice, which can be found under the 'Supporting documents' section of this page. Submitters were given the opportunity to respond to this new information. EPA will make a decision on this works approval application by mid-October.

EPA received 2 responses to the Meatworks s22 notice response. You can view these in the ‘Supporting documents’ section.

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 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.

A community conference was held on 31 July 2019 at the Greater Shepparton City Council offices.

You can find the agenda for the community conference in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

The purpose of the conference was to:

  • enable the EPA to listen to, and better understand, the views and concerns of the community and stakeholders
  • to help explain the works approval application, the assessment process and current status
  • to discuss ideas about possible conditions if the works approval is issued.

The conference was independently chaired and an independent report was prepared following the conference, including recommendations to EPA Victoria for consideration in its assessment of the works approval application.

The conference report is available in the 'Supporting documents' section of this page.