Applicant: Water Sustainability Farms Pty Ltd
Activity site: Lanes Avenue, Quantong, VIC 3401
Application number: 1004341
Water Sustainability Farm Pty Ltd (WSF) have submitted a works approval to Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA). 

What does the application propose?

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-evfaporation.

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

The full application can be found in the Supporting documents section of this page.

Change of proposed activity scope

Following community engagement and consideration of public submissions, EPA received a letter from Water Sustainability Farm on 24 May 2021 informing of a change in scope of their application. The change of scope includes the removal of dewatered sludge management from the proposal. Dewatered sludge will no longer be assessed, leaving the construction of solar evaporation basins within the scope of the assessment.

In addition, road access for the proposed activity has been changed from Lanes Avenue to Linders Road.

Latest updates

Development licence issued

On 29 March 2022, a development licence was issued to WSF under section 69(1)(a) of the Act. The development licence is subject to conditions. The application is proposed to be undertaken in a way that meets environmental standards.

EPA assessed the application against all requirements under section 69(3) of the Act, focusing on potential leakages, their impact on groundwater, surface water, as well as potential noise and odour concerns. 

It was estimated that the proposed activities of the ponds were subject to separation distances that would be consistent with guidelines for noise and odour impacts (EPA Publication 1826.4 & 1518).

Potential surface water issues were addressed through a turkey nest design which would contain 1 in 100 year rainfalls and insure no waste water will overflow affecting surroundings.

EPA has set conditions that will ensure the design of the clay liner are consistent with best practice (Landfill BPEM, 2015; EPA Publication 788.3), the clay liner will be designed to a high permeability standard which will minimise seepage, minimising harm to groundwater and potential soil salinisation.

If you object to the issuing of the Development Licence or its conditions, you may have the decision reviewed at VCAT by applying in writing within 15 business days of the date of issue to:

Registrar, Planning and Environment Division

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

7th Floor, 55 King Street, Melbourne

An application fee may be applicable when lodging an appeal with VCAT. Contact VCAT on 03 9628 9777 for further details on fees associated with an appeal.

A copy of the appeal should also be forwarded, within seven days of lodgement, to:

Manager, Development Assessments Unit

Environment Protection Authority Victoria

GPO Box 4395, Melbourne 3001

Supporting documents

You can view the development licence application and supporting documentation below.

Development licence application

Development licence decision


  • 15 February 2021
    • Application received.
  • 8 March 2021
    • Application accepted.
  • 2 April 2021
    • Public submissions open.
  • 2 April 2021
    • Q&A open.
  • 23 April 2021
    • Q&A closed.
  • 23 April 2021
    • Statutory clock paused - awaiting further information from the applicant.
  • 7 May 2021
    • Public submissions close.
  • 26 May 2021
    • 20B conference held.
  • 01 July 2021
    • Additional information requested for assessment of application for a development licence.
  • 28 March 2022
    • Receipt of additional information.
  • 29 March 2022
    • EPA approved the development licence application.

Make a submission

Submissions for this development licence application are now closed.

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Reviewed 21 March 2023