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Proposed Developments in Our Region

Latrobe City Council are seeing a number of proposed large scale development projects that are being met with both concern and positivity from members of our community as part of early consultation activities.

Projects such as the proposed Battery Recycling Plant in Hazelwood North, the proposed Frasers Solar Farm in Glengarry and proposed Delburn Wind Farm are just a sample of these projects that have raised the interest of community members.

View the projects below and contact the proponents for the projects for more detail/provide feedback on the projects:

Delburn Wind Farm

33 wind turbines are proposed as part of the Delburn Wind Farm by OSMI Australia in HVP Plantations land bordered by Hernes Oak, Darlimurla, Narracan and Thorpdale to the west and Yinnar and Boolarra to the east. 

You can contact the proponent on phone 1800 676428 or email contactus@osmi.com.au

View more information about Delburn Wind Farm

Frasers Solar Farm

Frasers Solar Farm proposed by South Energy will be located about 2km south of the township of Toongabbie across 110 hectares of land. It has a proposed capacity of up to 75 megawatts.

A planning permit application was lodged with the Minister for Planning on 9 November 2019  for the  use and development of land for a solar energy facility and utility installations including the construction of buildings and the carrying out of works, the removal of native vegetation, and business identification signage at Frasers Lane, Glengarry North.

The Minister for Planning has issued a Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit. 

Battery Recycling Plant in Hazelwood North

Chunxing Corporation Pty Ltd is proposing to establish a Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) recycling plant at Fourth Rd, Hazelwood North, near Morwell, Victoria, to process 50,000 tonnes per year of spent lead acid batteries and recycle them into 28,000 tonnes of refined lead per year.

The proposal requires both a works approval from the EPA and a planning permit from Council.

A works approval application was lodged with EPA on 15 November 2019, a copy of the works approval application can be viewed on the Engage Victoria website.

A planning permit application has been lodged with Council, the following is an indicative overview of the time frames and processes involved in Councils assessment of the application.

A planning permit application, for the proposed used lead acid battery recycling plant at Hazelwood North, was received by Council on 3 February 2020. 

Following an initial assessment of the application, further information from the applicant has been requested by Council

The following is a general outline of next steps.

A Notice of Decision to Refuse to Grant a Permit was issued at a Special Council Meeting on 17 September 2020. 

ULAB proposal goes to VCAT

Latrobe City Council has received notification that the proponent of the Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) Recycling Facility proposed for Hazelwood North, Chunxing Corporation Pty Ltd, has made an application to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to review the decision of Council to refuse to grant a planning permit.

Council will engage suitable representation to act on its behalf, attend the hearing as required and comply with all requests for information from VCAT.

This is now a VCAT matter, so any enquiries should be directed to VCAT on 1300 018 228 or VCAT’s website, www.vcat.vic.gov.au

Council voted to not issue a planning permit application for the ULAB recycling facility at a Special Council Meeting on 17 September 2020.

Council decided that the ULAB Recycling Facility did not meet the requirements of the Latrobe City Planning Scheme. The decision was made on planning grounds, including taking into consideration amenity impacts.

Timeframe Overview

Solar Energy Facility – Tramway Road

A planning permit application was lodged with the Minister for Planning on 10 August 2020  for the  use and development of a renewable energy facility (solar energy facility), utility installation, removal of native vegetation, and signs at 436 and 545 Tramway Road, Hazelwood North.

The application is in its preliminary stages of assessment.

Magnesium Metal Production Facility in Hazelwood North

Latrobe Magnesium Ltd is proposing to establish a Magnesium Metal Production Facility capable of generating 3,000 tonnes of magnesium per annum.

The process uses fly ash, an underutilised by-product of the coal combustion process from the Yallourn W power station as the raw material to produce magnesium.

The facility would operate on a trial basis for approximately 18 months initially to demonstrate the production and feasibility of the process, before deciding whether to commence full ongoing production.

The proposal requires both a Research Development and Demonstration approval from the EPA and a planning permit from Council.

A planning permit was issued for the proposal on 5 June 2020.

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