Nectar Farms planning permitMarch 7, 2019
Progress is a step closer with the construction of the Nectar Farm glasshouse project a short distance from Stawell, after having the planning permit application approved by Council.
Northern Grampians Shire Council held a special meeting on Monday afternoon to consider the project’s planning permit application.
“It is a very exciting time for the Northern Grampians Shire, it is the biggest development this shire has seen for many years and is something we can treasure,” Cr Murray Emerson said.
“We have been dealing with it for over four years so to get to this point is great.
“It has been a gigantic task over a long period of time, with some of the issues we have been working through including Aboriginal heritage, farming zones, traffic management and even a sheep highway.”
The permit was approved for a hydroponic glasshouse vegetable farm with six, five hectare glasshouses at Joel Joel just out of Stawell in Western Victoria.
The application has also outlined plans for a nursery, pack house, utility shed, tank farms, rainwater dams, loading docs and internal road access with improved vehicle access of the Landsborough–Joel Forest Road intersection.
Nectar Farms chief executive Stephen Sasse mentioned that the permit approval is a “big milestone” towards the construction.
“When talking with financial partners we are now able to move forward calling it a project rather than an idea,” he said.
“We are busily handing over design to constructors to finalise contract prices and costs.
“If all goes well timing-wise we should be able to start bulk earthworks towards the end of April if we are lucky. Every step forward is a plus.”
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