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GD Pork Pty Ltd – Boscabel

Background

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) granted GD Pork Pty Ltd Works Approval W5865/2015/1 in September 2015, allowing for the construction of an intensive piggery on the corner of Albany Highway and Crapella Road in Boscabel near Kojonup.

DWER has subsequently investigated odour complaints from residents and a local business, visiting and inspecting the GD Pork piggery on several occasions between November 2017 and September 2018 to assess odour impacts and compliance with the Environmental Protection Act 1986

What is Happening Now?

As a result of the piggery’s operations and identified emissions, DWER issued an Environmental Protection Notice to GD Pork on 19 March 2018.

The EPN set out specific requirements the company had to address to manage emissions from its premises.

DWER officers revisited the site in June 2018, identifying that GD Pork had complied with a number of the EPN requirements and had completed construction of infrastructure to treat piggery effluent.

On 20 July 2018, DWER issued an amended EPN to GD Pork to allow the company to commission the waste treatment plant and therefore, comply with its works approval.

DWER will continue to conduct regular inspections of the premises to assess compliance with the amended EPN and to monitor emissions.

Licence and Works Approval

On 8 June 2018 GD Pork applied for a licence to operate the piggery. DWER will conduct a risk-based assessment of the application (L9152/2018/1) in accordance with its Regulatory Framework.

The public consultation period closed on 13 August 2018. DWER will consider any comments received in its risk assessment and determination of the application.

In the meantime, DWER has amended Works Approval W5865/2015/1 to extend the duration by 12 months. This will allow DWER time to consider any comments made during the consultation period and conduct its assessment of the licence application.

 

Updated 25 September 2018