Proposed rendering plant has farmers worried

By Country News on December 15, 2015

An application for a rendering plant on Webb Rd in Timmering has nearby farmers concerned for the health of their animals.

Campaspe Shire Council said the animal product would be transported to the site by truck and would be processed in the 2000-plus square metre building.

A farm plan has been established to utilise waste water generated, but property owners around the site are not convinced this will be properly managed.

The application was submitted on September 21 for a proposal that seeks to process waste product from nearby abattoirs within the area.

Since then, a public meeting was held to inform Timmering locals of the business and letters were sent out to inform property owners of the application as well as the opportunity to object by December 16.

Properties that are close to the proposed site are concerned the land will be subject to flooding and the probability of water waste leaking onto their land and harming their animals.

‘‘A whole farm plan is also being undertaken to create a farm which is capable of utilising waste water generated,’’ Campaspe Shire acting planning and building manager Andrew Fletcher said.

Dairy farmer Linda Somerville of Webb Rd, said she was concerned about the health of her cattle.

‘‘Anything that can harm the animals I am most concerned about,’’ Ms Somerville said.

‘‘The smell could also be a major problem for the cattle as they only have to smell blood and they get upset.’’

The applicant Peter Chomley declined to comment on the matter.

The Timmering community can view the planning application information at the Rochester Service Centre and if they have any concerns they can lodge an objection in writing to the planning department.

Some property owners around the proposed plant site had submitted objections by the deadline of December 16.

The application will be listed on the agenda of a future council meeting.

At this meeting, the EPA report will be available for viewing in hard copy.

By Country News on December 15, 2015

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