The proposed Tabro Meats expansion will see the abattoir triple its processing capabilities and include several sizeable new buildings, coloured yellow in planning documents.
BASS Coast Shire councillors will decide tomorrow night whether to approve a mammoth $26 million expansion to Lance Creek’s Tabro Meats – an upgrade which proposes to triple cattle processing numbers at the abattoir.
Staff numbers are also expected to double in size – from 160 to 320 – if the expansion gets the green light.
Several major new buildings and additional infrastructure is detailed in the application, including:
– A 4500sqm unloading area and undercover yard for cattle
– A 2000sqm rendering plant
– A 750sqm waste digester and gas boiler plant
– A new refrigeration plant and cool rooms measuring nearly 2800sqm total
– New staff amenities
– An additional storage warehouse measuring 1400sqm
– A 12,000sqm covered dam between existing buildings
The works, if approved, are expected to be completed over two to three years.
In a new report, the council’s officers deem the development appropriate for the Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road site and are recommending a permit be granted, subject to additional conditions.
One of the conditions is that the abattoir is limited to processing no more than 1500 animals per day.
Forty-one nearby property owners were notified of the proposed expansion by letter.
Only three objections were received, detailing concerns of noise, odour, additional traffic movements and groundwater contamination.
Hovell ward councillor, Neil Rankine, said the development ticks a lot of boxes but mentioned extra traffic in the area could pose an issue, especially since the abattoir is in close proximity to the four-way intersection at Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road where a number of serious accidents have occurred in recent years.