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Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria received a works approval application (PDF 9.6MB – large file) from Montarosa P/L on 4 October 2016. The proposal is to construct and operate a wastewater treatment plant at the proposed eco-tourism facility at 79 Old Coach Road, Princetown.
Process to date
The works approval and planning permit applications were jointly advertised in the Herald Sun on Wednesday 19 October and the Warrnambool Standard on 22 October. These applications were open for public comment until 10 November. The application was also referred to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
Next step: Section 20B community conference
Once information required under the section 22 notice is received, EPA anticipates holding a community conference (under section 20B of the Environment Protection Act). The purpose of the conference is to enhance community understanding of the proposal and the concerns raised throughout the public submission process. We will publish the time and location of the conference at a later date.
Section 22 notice: request for additional information
After reviewing the submissions, EPA has identified a number of specific environmental issues and has subsequently issued a notice to the applicant (under section 22 of the Environment Protection Act 1970) on 29th November 2016, requesting further information. The applicant is required to provide this information by the 10th December 2016.
EPA has requested information relating to the specific environmental issues including a land capability assessment to determine land availability for irrigation, soil investigation, wastewater treatment design details, and effluent disposal options.
Once this information is received, the public and stakeholders who provided written submissions in the initial consultation period will be provided an additional opportunity to make further comment.
If the applicant is unable to meet this requirement to the satisfaction of EPA by the specified date, the application will be on hold until the requested information is provided.
To date, EPA has received around 150 submissions from the public that have included letters of support for the proposal, as well as a range of submission lodging objections. Issues raised in the submissions include, but were not limited to, concerns about proximity of the wastewater treatment plant to the camping grounds, possibility of flooding, and contamination of the river and wetlands, ground and surface water.
EPA’s assessment is based on a comprehensive examination of the application in line with the Environment Protection Act 1970 and relevant state environment protection policies (SEPPs) and guidelines. Accordingly, the assessment is limited to examining the environmental impacts of the wastewater treatment plant and issues associated with its installation, use and operation.
If you wish to speak to someone about the works approval application, please call EPA’s Development Assessment Unit on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or email your enquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to speak to someone about planning permit application, please contact Mr Greg Hayes, Manager Planning and Building at Corangamite Shire Council on 03 5593 7104 or visit the council website.
Works approval application