Concerns about traffic, flooding and location were among the issues raised by about a hundred members of the Longwarry community who attended an information session to discuss proposed new saleyards, on Thursday.
The information session was organised by Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) which has received a Works Approval (WA) from Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd to build a fully-roofed saleyard with holding pens, sale pens, drafting and loading/unloading facilities at 85 Thornell Road, Longwarry.
The plan also includes an office building with 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.
The saleyards will accommodate up to 132,000 cattle per annum with sales on Mondays, Tuesdays, every second Thursday and the first and third Fridays of the month. Operating hours would be 8am to 2pm, with a 10pm curfew for the delivery of cattle the night before a sale.
“That so many people attended our information session shows the level of local interest. Submissions can be made up to 5 March and EPA urges everyone to take the opportunity to have their say,” said EPA Director Development and Infrastructure Richard Marks.
EPA has published the company’s WA application and other documents on the Engage Vic website, at https://engage.vic.gov.au/epa-works-approvals/longwarry
EPA Works Approvals
EPA Works Approvals are required under the Environment Protection Act 1970 for industrial and waste management activities that have the potential for significant environmental impact. Where a Works Approval is granted, it includes specific environmental conditions the company must meet for the project to go ahead.
All comments can be made online at https://engage.vic.gov.au/epa-works-approvals/longwarry