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View of proposed Midfield development from the golf course.

Planning report on proposed milk plant and cold storage facility

News Article Date: 
Friday, 17 April 2015

A State Government-appointed planning panel has provided its report to Warrnambool City Council on a proposed milk processing plant and a cold store and packaging plant within the West Warrnambool Industrial Precinct.

The Panel has supported the granting of permits to allow the construction of both proposals.

The developments, proposed by major Warrnambool employer the Midfield Group, were referred by Warrnambool City Council (WCC) to a planning panel which provided an independent forum for the development proponents and for members of the community who had made submissions for and against the proposal.

The Panel also heard submissions from independent experts.

“The 148-page report is comprehensive and Council will need to take time to go through the report and consider the next step,” Mayor Cr Michael Neoh said.

“It will be considered by Council over the coming months.”

In June last year the Midfield Group submitted a planning permit application for a milk processing facility and for a freezing and cold store facility, both in Scott Street.

Part of the site for the proposed milk processing operation, next to the existing Midfield abattoir, had been used as a Council depot.

The proposed freezing and cold store facility is opposite the abattoir and next to the Meatbarn retail outlet.

The proposed milk processing facility includes the installation of a dryer/evaporator, boiler house, storage areas, loading and unloading areas, laboratory and associated amenities. The building is 3,000sqm in area, 34m in height and constructed of precast concrete. The proposed facility would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The proposed freezing and cold store facility is 1,820sqm in area and about 29m in height. Facility operations would involve the transportation of meat to the site and subsequent freezing and storage of products until such time they are required to be transported from the site.

Also considered by the panel was a proposed six-lot subdivision within the industrial buffer zone.

The subdivision, on vacant land with the industrial precinct and within a 500m buffer to the Midfield abattoir and Fulton Hogan asphalt plant, included a proposal to rezone the land as a Special Use Zone.

The Panel supported the zoning but not the subdivision plan.

The zoning would restrict the development of the subdivision for sensitive uses, such as housing, but permit business and light industrial operations similar to those existing in the industrial precinct.

The full report is available on the WCC website:

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