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Westpork Pty Ltd – Boscabel (formerly operated by GD Pork Pty Ltd)

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.

On 2 November 2018, the department was advised that GD Pork had been placed into administration and the sale of the premises to Westpork Pty Ltd (Westpork) has now been finalised.
On 17 May 2019, the department transferred the works approval to Westpork.

On 25 July 2019, the department issued an Environmental Protection Notice (EPN) to Westpork Pty Ltd to require destocking of the facility by June 2020, unless a licence is issued prior to this date to allow the site to continue to operate.

Westpork has removed the build-up of solid effluent from the southern pond and has improved the operation of the anaerobic digestor.

DWER officers visited the premises on 13 August 2019 to observe the progress of maintenance works necessary for the proposed improvements.

After visiting the premises, the department hosted a community consultation at the Kodja Place Precinct in Kojonup. Representatives of the department, Westpork and the Shire of Kojonup provided an overview of the current and future management of the premises and responded to questions.

On 23 September 2019 the department amended Westpork’s Works Approval W5865/2015/1 to extend its duration to align with the destocking date specified on the EPN.

What is happening now?

On 3 October 2019 the department issued Works Approval W6268/2019/1 to Westpork to allow the construction of additional waste treatment infrastructure to help reduce the risk of impacts from odour emissions. The works approval allows time limited operations of the infrastructure to ensure that once the works are completed they can be operated to ensure improvements to odour emissions are not delayed. A copy of the works approval is available here.

In accordance with section 102(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986, an appeal period ran for 21 days and closed on 24 October 2019 with no appeals being received. The works are currently being undertaken and it is anticipate they will be completed and in operation by mid-2020.

Westpork has advised DWER that further improvement works are being undertaken in the short term including the clean out of the northern evaporation pond which has been identified as a significant odour source due to the build-up of solid piggery effluent. It is expected that there will be odour emission from the pond until it has been clean out which is expected to be completed prior to the end of the 2019-20 summer period.

When clean-up and improvement works have been completed, Westpork will be required to apply for a licence to continue to operate the piggery. As a part of the licence assessment process DWER will review the premises operations as a whole to determine if the operations are acceptable and condition the licence to ensure appropriate controls are in place to mitigate any impacts on the environment and local community.

DWER officers will continue to inspect the premises to assess compliance with the works approvals and monitor emissions.

More information

Members of the community are reminded that it is important to report odour impacts at the time that they occur by calling the Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782. The online reporting tool can be used to lodge complaints after the impact has occurred.

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Updated February 2020