Material onsite at Simpson Farms composting facility recently approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed
Material onsite at Simpson Farms composting facility recently approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed Contributed

Simpson Farms embraces environmentally friendly philosophy

CHILDERS based avocado growers Simpson Farms have embraced an environmentally friendly philosophy incorporating the use of agricultural by-products in creating large amounts of composted material for use on their farming properties.

The farming group has successfully applied to Bundaberg Regional Council for a Material Change of Use over a 10.5 hectare site off Goodwood Road to conduct a composting facility and also undertake composting and soil conditioner manufacturing which is an environmentally relevant activity (ERA).

Bundaberg Regional Council Planning and Development portfolio spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the activity was a great example of the utilisation of waste and natural materials to enhance on farm production in an environmentally sustainable manner.

"The proposal involved Simpson Farms utilising a mix of woodchips, cane bales and avocado, mushroom and mill surplus to create five metre mounds in windrows that will take between three and six months to compost.

"Most of the raw materials are by-products of their farming practices including mulched prunings from their couple of hundred thousand avocado trees," said Cr Sommerfeld.

"Producing this material on their own property limits the need for Simpson Farms to transport similar material onto the site.

"Simpson Farms have appropriately addressed issues relating to vehicle movements to and from the site as well as meeting all required environmental standards and ensuring the visual amenity of the area is not impacted through the establishing of a landscaping strip."

Council has supported the Material Change of Use and noted that a Permit to undertake an environmentally relevant activity (ERA) had been approved by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.



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