Application lodged for Childers compost facility
PLANS are under way to establish a commercial compost manufacturing facility close to Isis Central Sugar Mill.
A Material Change of Use application has been lodged with Bundaberg Regional Council by Australian Prime Fibre Pty Ltd which has an automated mulch packaging facility next to the proposed composting site.
Council planning and development spokesman Ross Sommerfeld said it was expected the facility would produce about 60,000 tonnes of compost annually which will be packaged at the APF factory.
"The MCU application seeks to use 10ha of a 65ha cane field for the composting facility," he said.
"The balance of the property will continue to be used for sugar cane farming activities.
"The compost will be created in windrows utilising various products to create several types of compost."
A windrow is cut row in a field.
Cr Sommerfeld said the property contained a house and machinery shed which would continue to be used in connection with the composting venture.
"The application details the strict environmental standards and levels of biological testing that will be part of the composting facilities operation," he said.
"While there will be numerous truck movements involved in bringing raw materials to be composted the majority of product removals from the site will be carried around 400 metres to the APF factory.
Cr Sommerfeld said the composting facility was generally expected to operate weekdays between 6.30am and 4.30pm except for high demand periods between August and October when the operation may extend to six days.
"The new site will replace a site located at Tardas Road," said Cr Sommerfeld.
The council is awaiting advice from the State Government as a referral agency before finalising assessment of the application.