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Public meeting will discuss new abattoir

By Country News

Locals will soon have a chance to voice their thoughts at a public meeting on a proposed abattoir in Gillieston.

Proposed by Meatworks Australia, the $30million abattoir would process up to 18000 sheep a week and employ 120 full-time workers.

The 30000sqm abattoir site, which was originally proposed in 2017, would be built on a former dairy farm at 630 Lancaster-Mooroopna Rd, Gillieston if approved by Greater Shepparton City Council.

The planning application has already received 15 submissions, 14 of which voice concerns about the proposal.

Increased traffic, dust, smell, effects on local business and the effects on property values were among the chief concerns from residents.

The proposed abattoir would operate six-days-a-week from 5am to 7pm and process 3000 sheep a day.

The project requires approval from Environment Protection Authority Victoria, who will use the public meeting to listen to the views and concerns of the community and stakeholders, explain the works approval application, the assessment process and current status, and discuss possible resolutions to matters raised in submissions.

The public meeting will be independently chaired and an independent report will be prepared following the meeting, including recommendations to EPA Victoria for consideration in its assessment of the Works Approval Application.

No final decision regarding the works approval application will be made at the meeting.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 31 from 5pm to 8pm at the Greater Shepparton City Council offices at 90 Welsford St, Shepparton.

■Registration is essential. RSVPs can be emailed to: works.approvals@epa.vic.gov.au or by phoning EPA Victoria on 1300 372 842.