Overview

On 16 January 2020 EPA received a works approval application from Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd. The application seeks approval to construct a facility for receiving and selling cattle. The proposed saleyard will have a throughput of up to 132,000 head per annum, comprising:

  • 120,000 cattle; and
  • 12,000 bobby calves.

The site will host a total of 146 sales per annum, on a monthly basis sales will be on Mondays and Tuesdays, every second Thursday and the first and second Friday of the month.

A copy of the works approval application (number 1003851) can be viewed in the ‘Supporting documents’ section of this page.

Latest update

VCAT appeal

Following EPA's issue of a works approval to Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd, an application for review of the decision was lodged with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

The application for review of the decision has been withdrawn.


Works approval granted

EPA has issued a works approval with conditions for Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd.

The works approval allows for the development of a livestock saleyard and associated plant and equipment, designed to have an annual throughput of 132,000 animal units.

EPA received 111 submissions and 1 petition during the public comment period. Another 18 submissions were received during a second comment period.

A community conference was also held to allow EPA to listen to submissions and consider options for resolution of concerns. The independent conference chair made a number of recommendations and EPA has considered each of these as part of the works approval assessment.

EPA values the many contributions from the Longwarry 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

EPA's assessment

Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd completed an odour impact assessment and human health risk assessment as part of their works approval application. EPA has assessed these, and the proposed air emission pollution controls proposed for the facility.

EPA has assessed the management and potential impacts of air emissions. EPA has determined that air emissions, including dust and odour, are low and the proposed management of air emissions are in accordance with best practice standards for livestock saleyards and complies with the State Environment Protection Policy (Air Quality Management).

EPA has assessed the separation distances from the facility to the nearest residences. EPA has considered the air emissions and human health assessments and has determined that the proposed separation distances are adequate for the facility.

Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd completed a noise impact assessment and human health risk assessment as part of their works approval application. EPA has assessed these, and the proposed noise pollution controls proposed for the facility.

EPA has assessed the management and potential impacts of noise emissions. EPA has determined that noise emissions and the proposed management of noise are in accordance with best practice standards for livestock saleyards and complies with EPA’s Noise in Regional Victoria (NIRV) guideline.

EPA has assessed the separation distances from the facility to the nearest residences. EPA has considered the noise emissions and human health assessments and has determined that the proposed separation distances are adequate for the facility.

EPA has assessed the wastewater treatment system and management. EPA has determined that the proposed treatment system and management is acceptable and complies with State Environment Protection Policy (Waters).

EPA has assessed the proposed stormwater management system, which is to separately collect, store and treat rainwater from the roof areas and stormwater run-off from sealed pavement and road areas. Collected water would be reused on site and discharged to sewer via the wastewater treatment system. EPA has stipulated in the works approval conditions for updated flood modelling to be reviewed and approved prior to construction. EPA has determined that the proposed stormwater management complies with SEPP (Waters).

EPA has considered environmental impacts during the construction. A works approval condition requires that a construction environmental management plan (CEMP) be developed prior to the commencement of construction.

Previous updates

On 4th August 2020, EPA requested Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd to provide a response to the further submissions received. Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd have provided a response to public submissions and the information is now available under the ‘Supporting documents’ section of this page.

EPA received 18 individual submissions during the additional submission period.

All submissions will be considered in EPA’s assessment.

The proponent will provide a response to the submissions for EPA’s consideration, which will be made available in the ‘Supporting documents’ section of this page.

You can now view public submissions in the 'Supporting documents' section. There is a summary document of all submissions, accompanied with a document containing additional materials.

On 12 March, EPA issued Longwarry with a notice under section 22 of the Environment Protection Act 1970 to supply further information. The notice requested two things:

1- That an independent human health risk assessment be prepared and provided to EPA

2- That the applicant provide a response to the submissions received.

Longwarry has provided its response to this notice and the information is now available under the ‘Supporting documents’ section of this page.

EPA invited interested parties that wished to comment on the new information to do so under the ‘Make a submission’ section of this page. Submissions were open to anyone, including those who have or have not previously made a submission or been involved in the 20B community conference for this application.

Please note: submissions needed to focus on the new information. Community were advised not to re-submit information from the previous submission period.

A Section 22 notice was issued requiring Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd to undertake a human health risk assessment and to provide a response to the submissions received. The section 22 notice can be found in the ‘Supporting documents’ section on this page.

Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd has provided its response to this notice and the information is now available under the ‘Supporting documents’ section of this page.

EPA hosted an online community conference 7 May 2020 in response to public submissions for the Longwarry Saleyards proposal. You can view a recording of the event here.

A report provided by the independent chair of the conference is now available in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page. The report includes recommendations to EPA Victoria for consideration in its assessment of the works approval application.

EPA hosted an online community conference 7 May in response to public submissions for the Longwarry Saleyards proposal. You can view a recording of the event here.

The purpose of the conference was to:

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

The conference was independently chaired and the chair will prepare a conference report, including recommendations to EPA Victoria for consideration in its assessment of the works approval application.

The conference took place in two parts:

an online forum which was open for comment on this page 27 April – 4 May, and

a live online event on the 7 May.

The report from the event is now availble in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

This proposal includes the following:

  • a fully roofed saleyard with holding pens, sale pens, drafting and loading/unloading
  • facilities
  • a central office building with offices, amenities and a café
  • parking for trucks and cars
  • a three-bay truck wash
  • a maintenance and truck driver amenity shed
  • a surface water wetland
  • rainwater tanks
  • a series of treatment ponds to treat wastewater
  • landscaping and a floodlit sign.

PROPOSED LOCATION

The site is located to the south of the Princes Freeway / Sand Road interchange at 85 Thornell Road, Longwarry, VIC., 3816.

PROPOSED OPERATING HOURS

Sale times will generally be scheduled between 8am – 2pm. Loading, unloading and the sorting of cattle and calves would typically occur before and after sale times.

Cattle typically arrive the afternoon before the sale and are removed by the purchaser at the conclusion of the sale. Calves typically arrive at approximately 10am the day of a sale and have generally left the site within four hours.

Unrestricted (i.e. 24/7) access is required to the facility for health and animal welfare reasons.

This includes enabling late deliveries to occur and ensuring animals have been fed and watered within reasonable periods of time in accordance with animal welfare guidelines.

A 10pm curfew for the delivery of cattle the night before a sale will be in place.

Submissions made on this page are now available to view in the 'Supporting documents' section. We apologise for the delay.

EPA have issued a notice to Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd requesting further information. The notice requests two things:

1- That an independent human health risk assessment be prepared and provided to EPA

2- That the applicant provide a response to the submissions received.

Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd have until 5 pm, 23rd March to provide this information. If the information is not provided by this time or the information provided is not deemed acceptable by EPA, the assessment 'clock' is paused until an acceptable response is received.

A copy of the notice is available in the supporting documents section of this page.

Submissions on this works approval have now closed. EPA received over 85 individual submissions and 1 petition.

You can view redacted versions of all submissions received in the supporting documents section of this page.

EPA hosted an information session on 13 February at Longwarry Public Hall. They were accompanied by representatives from Longwarry sale yards Pty Ltd. and Baw Baw Shire council.