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SBI Landfill Odour


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Council is aware of concerns regarding odour being emitted from the SBI inert landfill in Ballarto Road, Cranbourne and is advocating on behalf of our residents to ensure the issue is addressed immediately.
The SBI Inert Landfill in Cranbourne is owned and managed by Stevensons Brothers Industries (SBI), with the site’s operating license overseen by the Victorian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). 
When Council was first alerted to the odour issues, which are stemming from gases produced by landfill materials breaking down, we immediately notified EPA of the issue. 
Council is continuing to liaise closely with the EPA to ensure they are aware of the community’s concerns and that the site adheres to permit regulations. 

Council has issued a Planning Contravention Notice to SBI as the operator of the site relating to the amenity impacts of the operation. The next step is that SBI will need to demonstrate to Council that their current practices meet the permit conditions. 

For more information or to report odour concerns, please visit the EPA’s website.  
If you are feeling unwell or have health concerns please speak to your GP.

Facility's Approval Process 

Planning Scheme Amendment C115 (the Amendment) to the Casey Planning Scheme enabled consideration of a refuse disposal facility at 950 Ballarto Road, Cranbourne South. The Amendment included a concurrent planning application for the use and development of the refuse disposal facility (Solid Inert Waste) and display of signage. 

The site was supported by State Government planning policy and specifically identified in the Metropolitan Waste Resource Recovery Strategic Plan as a site that could service solid inert waste disposal demand. 

The Amendment was exhibited by Council to the community during July/August 2013. Public exhibition included notices and material sent to approximately 1,400 landowners and occupiers, public notices in the local papers, and signage on site. The exhibition material included the proposed permit details and draft conditions. 

In September 2013, state-wide changes were made by the Minister for Planning to the Farming Zone which had the effect of changing “industry” (which includes Refuse Disposal’) from a “Prohibited” use, to a “Permit required” use. 

An independent Planning Panel was appointed by the Minister for Planning to review the Amendment and submissions. The panel report considered the 17 submissions and a petition received through the exhibition period. The Planning Panel heard expert evidence and assessed the following considerations:  

  • Need for the landfill 
  • Need for the quarry 
  • Defining solid inert waste  
  • Traffic and road issues 
  • Air quality including dust, odour and landfill gas 
  • Noise effects 
  • Fire issues 
  • Water management 
  • Materials recovery 
  • Litter 
  • Other impacts including visual effects 
  • Proposed permit 

The Planning Panel handed down its report on 12 February 2014 and recommended to the Minister for Planning and Council that the proposal be approved. The reports can be viewed on the Victorian State Government’s website.  

Amendment C115 was approved by the Minister for Planning and published in the Government Gazette on 25 June 2015 . A planning permit was issued by the City of Casey in alignment with the Ministers Planning Panel assessment.  

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