A $32 million baby formula packaging plant is a step closer to going ahead at Burra Foods in Korumburra, providing up to 26 new jobs, following approval by the South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday.
The council voted 8:1 to issue a Notice of Determination for the project, with an extensive list of operating conditions to protect the amenity of homeowners along Warragul Road, who will live in close proximity to the new plant.
Among these conditions are requirements that work in the packaging and storage building may only occur between the hours of 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and from 7am to 1pm on Saturday. This also applies to deliveries to and from the new packaging plant.
However, despite an exhaustive list of conditions including the planting of screening trees, the use of noise reduction measures, monitoring of noise levels and reduction of external lighting; a local resident who was in the public gallery at the council meeting last week, stormed out of the room making a verbal protest after council made its decision.
Five formal objections were received, which is why the application was considered in open council last week, and any one of these objectors might choose to take the matter further.
However, if the project does clear the final hurdle, project manager for Burra Foods, Glenn Falcke told the Sentinel-Times last week that construction could commence as soon as February or March next year, to be completed and operational within 16 months.
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