Applicant: Prospect Hill International Pty Ltd

Premises: 164-200 McManus Road, Lara VIC 3212

Application no.: 1004200

On 17 February 2021, EPA Victoria (EPA) received a works approval application from Prospect Hill International Pty. Ltd. (Prospect Hill). The company is proposing to develop a waste-to-energy facility at 164-200 McManus Road, Lara VIC 3212.

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

For more information on the works approval process see EPA works approvals (publication 1523).

What does the application propose?

The application proposes a waste-to-energy facility in Lara to service greater Geelong and west metropolitan Melbourne. The facility will be designed to process approximately 400,000 tonnes of waste per year and generate 35 megawatts of electricity. Prospect Hill estimates this is enough to power up to 50,000 homes. The facility will only take residual wastes currently destined for landfill.

The application includes technical studies of the potential impacts of the proposal including:

  • comparison with international best practice standards for waste-to-energy facilities
  • human health impact assessment
  • air and odour emissions
  • noise emissions
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • incoming and outgoing waste management.

The proposed facility requires a works approval because it falls under the A08 (Waste to energy) and K01 (Power stations) categories of the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017.

The company cannot begin works on the facility until it has obtained a works approval. If EPA issues a works approval, the company will also need to apply and be issued with a licence to operate the facility.


Submission period closed

Submissions on this works approval have now closed. EPA received 62 submissions during the submission period.

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Huw Evans

Senior Project Manager, Development Assessments Unit, EPA

Mel Karistianos

Project Manager - Prospect Hill International

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