Schur Star Systems Australia Pty Ltd propose to install a new flexographic press to the existing printing premises they purchased, and then obtain a licence to operate the printing works. A variety of polymeric bags will be produced.

The facility is located at 65 Northgate Drive Thomastown.

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 1523.2).


Works approval granted

On 5 February 2021, EPA granted a works approval with conditions to Schur Star Systems Australia.

A copy of the decision can be found in the Document Library.

Previous updates

On 16 November 2020, Schur Star Systems Australia provided response for the EPA section 22 Notice under the Environment Protection Act 1970 which included Schedule for completion of items 1, 2 and 3 as specified in the previous updates.

EPA requested a time waiver under section 67A of the Environment Protection Act 1970 to 8 February 2021 to enable a further Progress Report to be included in the works approval assessment.

Schur Star Systems Australia Pty Ltd agreed to the section 67A time waiver.

On 24 July 2020 , EPA issued Schur Star Systems Australia Pty Ltd with a notice under section 22 of the Environment Protection Act 1970 to supply further information. The notice requested three things:

  1. Copies of WorkSafe and MFB Follow-up Reports confirming all items listed in their Inspection Reports (i.e. Inspections: WorkSafe: 9 January 2020 and MFB: 20 February 2020) have been completed and the premises is compliant including the fire protection for Flammable Store.
  2. Copy of Certificate of Occupancy for the premises situated at 65 Northgate Drive Thomastown.
  3. Copy of updated Environment Management Plan including Environment Monitoring Program with all the items listed in WorkSafe and MFB Reports (as in item 1.) included.

Schur Star Systems Australia Pty Ltd had until 6 pm, 27 July 2020 to provide this information.

The information was not provided by the requested time in the s22 Notice and not deemed acceptable by EPA. The assessment 'clock' was paused until an acceptable response was received.

A copy of the notice is available in the ‘Supporting documents’ section of this page.

Submissions on this works approval are now closed. EPA did not receive any submissions from members of the public. A decision is due in August.

In-lieu of a face to face information session, we encouraged the community to ask questions about the works approval process or Schur Star's proposal here. One question was resolved and can be viewed in the Q & A tab.

What does the application propose?

Schur Star Systems manufacture bags made of polyethylene, polypropylene and laminates with a medium or high barrier.

The proposal consists of two parts: Existing Printing facility Works Approval including for the installation of the flexographic printing press, followed by a licence to discharge up to maximum limit of 250 tonnes of volatile organic compounds per year

Schur Star Systems doesn't require a planning permit for the facility as the premises is located in an Industrial Zone 1 (IN1Z) within the City of Whittlesea.

There is a separation distance of 400 metres to residences. The closest residences are on the other side of the Metropolitan Ring Road (M80).

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

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