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Deniliquin abattoir on the go

The Tasman Group will have to complete an Environmental Assessment before it proceeds with its plan to re-open the abattoir.

TYLA HARRINGTON March 11, 2014 4:15am

The Tasman Group has to comply with a list of requirements before it can proceed with its plans to re-open the Deniliquin abattoir, which closed in 2007.

The details were outlined in the Director-General’s Environmental Assessment Requirements report handed down by the state government last Wednesday.

Deniliquin Council general manager Des Bilske said if the company was able to meet the state government requirements, a development application for ‘facility improvements’ should be approved.

Tasman intends to upgrade the ‘kill floor’, ‘receiving yard’ and amenities, and has plans for a new boning room, rendering plant and cold storage facility.

Should it receive a DA approval, the plans for the facility will be placed on public exhibition.

As part of the requirements to get to that point, the Tasman Group must complete an Environmental Impact Statement.

The EIS must include a detailed description of the development, need for the proposed development, justification for the proposed development, likely staging of the development and many more requirements.

It must address the specific matters such as strategic context, soils and water, wastewater, air quality and odour, noise, waste management, traffic and transport, hazards and risks, food safety, flora and fauna, Heritage and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.

It must also include any plans and documents for the development and consultation must be made between relevant local, state or Commonwealth government authorities, service providers, community groups or affected landowners.

‘‘The quicker the response the sooner the development application can go on public exhibition,’’ Mr Bilske said.

‘‘We will work with the company to meet these requirements as we would with any company ... if it can meet these requirements it will generally go ahead.

‘‘It’s in our interests to help as best as we can.’’

Fami Corp owned the facility when former operators Klanstin withdrew citing industry difficulty.

The facility had been on the market since 2010, following the death of Fami Corp founder Farouk Fami, and was purchased by the Tasman Group in November.

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