Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has granted a Works Approval for an upgraded milk processing factory at Lakes Entrance.

The approval for Gippsland Jersey Pty Ltd includes a milk processing, bottling and packaging plant, and an irrigation system designed to process washdown water from the factory for use in spray irrigation.

EPA Director Development & Infrastructure Tim Faragher says the Works Approval process gives EPA the power to apply specific conditions designed to protect the environment and people’s health.

“The wastewater irrigation system will handle up to 50,000 litres of washdown water from the plant each day, through on-site spray irrigation on 4 ha of grazing pasture,” Mr Faragher said.

“In approving it, EPA has required that construction must not contaminate any stormwater, the design must allow for environmental sampling at all water discharge points, and there must be accurate measuring and recording of the volume of wastewater discharged each day,” he said.

The approval also covers additional storage for wastewater during wet weather, pumping equipment for emergency storage in an existing dam and stormwater management works at the factory on Bunga Creek Rd.

Businesses and the community can find information on EPA Works Approvals at: www.epa.vic.gov.au/for-business/find-a-topic/licences-works-approvals

Reviewed 15 November 2019