Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has clarified its role in the proposed Nuchev goat farm in Lara.
EPA South West Manager Carolyn Francis said no EPA approval is required for the proposed goat farm and feedlot, which will house 4,500 goats, as it falls under the threshold set in EPA regulations.
“The proposed farm and feedlot at Lara does not require a licence or works approval from the EPA, as the number of goats is less than the 5,000-head limit that would require EPA approval,” Ms Francis said.
“All premises are subject to the general provisions of the Environment Protection Act, however, this proposal falls just below the threshold which would require EPA licensing and a Works Approval.”
Instead, the environmental aspects of Nuchev’s Lara proposal are handled under Planning legislation, and the Planning Permit that has been granted to the project by the City of Greater Geelong.
EPA’s role in this case is to assist the City of Greater Geelong in ensuring that the planning permit only allows the proposal to go ahead if it meets a number of conditions designed to protect the environment and human health.
At present, Nuchev have not submitted finalised plans to Council for the proposed goat farm, feedlot and milk processing plant.
“EPA will support Council to ensure that any planning permit conditions are adhered to, including reviewing any reports that need our technical expertise,” Ms Francis said.
Works approvals are issued by EPA Victoria under the Environment Protection Act 1970. They are required for industrial and waste management activities that have the potential for significant environmental impact.