Overview

Water Sustainability Farm Pty Ltd (WSF) have submitted a works approval (application number 1004341) to Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA).

WSF is proposing to construct solar drying evaporation basins and a sludge drying pad for the processing of food manufacturing by-products at Lanes Avenue, Quantong VIC. Two waste streams are proposed to be managed and treated by WSF – with on average 57,000 L/day of brine (saline waste) and up to 5 m3/day of dewatered sludge proposed to be received at the premises.

WSF proposes to concentrate the brine through solar evaporation in four drying basins. The sludge is proposed to be dried in windrows on a sludge drying pad. The dried sludge is proposed to be used locally for agricultural purposes and the super-saline waste will be disposed of the landfill post-evaporation.

A copy of the works approval application can be viewed in the ‘Supporting documents’ section.

For more information on EPA's works approval process see EPA publication 1523.2.

What does the application propose?

The company is proposing to construct solar drying evaporation basins for the processing of food manufacturing by-products at Lanes Avenue, Quantong VIC.

Two waste streams are proposed to be managed and treated by WSF – with on average 57,000 L/day of brine (saline waste) and up to 5 m3/day of dewatered sludge proposed to be received at the premises.

WSF proposes to concentrate the brine and sludge through solar evaporation in four drying basins. The sludge is proposed to be dried in windrows on a sludge drying pad.

Latest updates

Submissions closed

Submissions on this works approval have now closed. EPA received 28 submissions.

Statutory clock paused

EPA has not received a response to the request for further information due on 23 April. The statutory clock on this application is now paused until once is received.

Section 22 notice for further information issued

On 10th May, EPA issued a second section 22 notice for further information to the applicant, Water Sustainability Farm Pty Ltd. The applicant must respond to the notice by 17 May.

A copy of the section 22 notice is available in the supporting documents section of this page.

Section 20B conference

After receiving a number of submissions for the works approval application from Water Sustainability Farm, EPA will now hold a Section 20B Conference to ensure it understands community concerns regarding the works approval application.

The Section 20B Conference will be independently chaired and a report produced detailing community concerns. This report will be used by EPA to inform its decision on whether or not to approve the works approval application.

The Section 20B Conference will be held on Wednesday, 26 May at the Quantong Recreation Reserve between 7pm and 8:30pm. To attend this event, please RSVP below by Monday, 24 May 2021. Due to social distancing requirements, the registration limit will be capped at 100 people.

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Previous updates

EPA has extended the submission period on this application to 7 May. This is to allow the public additional time to make submissions following Water Sustainability Farm's information session.

Water Sustainability Farm Pty Ltd is hosting an online information session to explain the information provided to EPA and answer any questions you might have.

Date: Thursday 29th April 2021

Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm

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Submissions on this works approval are open until 12 p.m. 7 May 2021.

You can make a submission using the form below. Alternatively, if you would like to provide your own submission please upload your document to the 'additional information and letter submission' field at the bottom of this page.

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