Lance Creek,

Council Approves Tabro Expansion

Bass Coast Shire Council approved a $26 million upgrade to the existing Tabro Meats abattoir in Lance Creek at the February Ordinary Meeting.

The expansion will double full-time jobs of the site from 160 to 320 and production of meat is expected to triple from 500 to 1,500 head per day.

Council approved the permit application with a number of conditions, including the development of an Environmental Management Plan and landscape plan, truck movement time restrictions, and a daily limit of the number of animals processed.

Council’s Acting General Manager Sustainable Development and Growth, Jodi Kennedy, said Council also took into consideration four objections from the community.

“The main points of the objection covered the key issues of noise, odour, truck movements, water runoff, water contamination and transport movements to and from the site,” Ms Kennedy said.

“The applicant, GHD, also spoke with and offered to meet each objector to discuss their concerns.”

Ms Kennedy said the Tabro development is consistent with the relevant provisions of the Bass Coast Planning Scheme.

“These include the State Planning Policy Framework and Local Planning Policy Framework, particularly the policies in relation to economic development and agriculture,” Ms Kennedy said.

“The proposal is considered to be appropriate for the site.”