EPA’s role at Miners Rest Saleyards

As Victoria’s environmental regulator, EPA’s role at CVLX site is to enforce the Environment Protection Act 1970 (the Act).

Under the Act, EPA can require CVLX to take reasonable measures to reduce odour. We don’t have the power to close the saleyards.

Under the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises and Exemptions) Regulations saleyards require works approval from EPA before construction, which CVLX has. Saleyards don’t require an ongoing licence from EPA.

The City of Ballarat has legislative oversight of the development plan and its requirements. CVLX did not require a planning permit.

What EPA is doing about odour reports

We are continuing to monitor odour in different weather conditions. This helps us better understand the impact of odour. We can use this as evidence should we take action in line with our Compliance and Enforcement Policy.

We will continue to visit the site to: 

  • assess practices
  • make recommendations
  • require improvements if necessary.

EPA’s powers and enforcement action

We have issued five Pollution Abatement Notices (PANs). The PANs legally require CVLX to take certain actions.

One PAN is still due for compliance in May 2021. EPA issued the PAN on June 17 2020. This PAN required CVLX to take measures to reduce odour from the premises, with the use of plants. CVLX developed a landscape plan that identified species, locations and quantities.

CVLX has responded to all previous PANs by the deadline and with the actions EPA requires. EPA issued these PANs in November 2018, May 2019 and December 2019.

The previous PANs required CVLX to:

  • improve their cleaning methods
  • update their odour modelling
  • provide a report about how they’ll modify and control the site to prevent pollution
  • modify cleaning gates for faster cleaning times.

Reporting odour

If you notice a strong odour in the area:

When you make an odour report to EPA, provide as much detail as possible:

  • your name and address
  • the time you first smelled the odour that day
  • where you smelled the odour
  • what you think the odour smelled like
  • the intensity of the odour (how strong or weak)
  • where you think the odour was coming from
  • how long the odour lasted that day
  • how often it has happened before
  • the impact the odour has on you.

Reviewed 2 February 2021