25 February 2021: Licence granted

EPA has issued a long-route licence with conditions to Sonac Australia P/L. The licence allows for the operation of a rendering facility at the premises at 281 Maryborough-Dunolly Road, Maryborough 3465.

EPA received five submissions during the public comment period. EPA values the contributions from the Maryborough community during the assessment process.

The licence and EPA’s assessment summary are 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 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

2 February 2021 update

EPA issued a Section 22 notice for further information and Sonac has responded. A new statutory deadline of 25 February has been set. See the Section 22 notice in the supporting documents section of this page.


Sonac Australia P/L has applied for a long route licence (Application Number 3035541) to operate its existing animal blood processing premises located at 281 Maryborough-Dunolly Road, Havelock VIC 3465.

Sonac Australia is part of Darling Ingredients (https://www.darlingii.com), an international company that transforms edible and inedible residual bio nutrients into sustainable food, feed and fuel ingredients.

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

What is a long-route licence?

A long-route licence is a statutory approval issued by EPA following completion of works where a works approval was required but was not obtained. A licence is required as determined by the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017.

The assessment of a long-route licence application follows the same process as a works approval assessment. At the end of the assessment, the applicant will receive a licence allowing them to operate a scheduled activity subject to certain conditions.

For more information on the works approval process see EPA works approvals (publication 1523.2).

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What this application proposes

Sonac operates an animal blood processing facility at Maryborough, manufacturing haemoglobin and plasma powders for pet food ingredients and non-ruminant animal feed supplements.

Blood collected from abattoirs is chilled and delivered by tanker trucks; the material is unloaded, processed into dried powders, then packaged and shipped to the end user. Wastewater from the production process and cleaning activities are processed by the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

The key features within the site boundary are:

  • the processing buildings and the wastewater treatment plant at the north end of the processing buildings
  • four brine lagoons located to the west of the processing buildings
  • vegetated buffers all around, incorporating drip irrigation system for RO permeate.

The key features external to the site are:

  • road access and a railway line to the east of the site
  • wastewater treatment lagoons (CHW) located east of the site
  • farm land to the west and south.

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