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What is proposed?
CVLX is a project to develop a modern, efficient livestock exchange North West of Ballarat, in Victoria.
It will be built on a 45.6ha site located on the north-west corner of the intersection of the Sunraysia and Western Highways. A natural ridgeline and the Burrumbeet Creek and floodplain separate the site from the nearest township, Miners Rest.
Facilities will consist largely of roofed livestock selling and handling facilities and open air holding pens capable of accommodating annual throughput of 70,000 cattle and 1.6 million sheep. Supporting infrastructure such as fresh water and waste water treatment facilities will be installed to reduce the overall environmental impact of the facility.
Is the facility actually in Miners Rest?
The CVLX site is on the rural fringe of Miners Rest, not within the township itself. The 45-hectare site is bounded by the Sunraysia and Western Highways and is surrounded by land currently used for agriculture and livestock. Closest neighbours to the facility are to the west of the site and are just over 1 kilometre away. The facility will be approximately 2km from Miners Rest– like how far the Turf Club is from Fishers IGA.
Why move the saleyards?
The LaTrobe Street saleyards have been operating since the 1860’s. Infrastructure is aging and conditions no longer meet modern safety, animal welfare, environmental or operational standards required in today’s industry.
Relocating the business to an appropriate site within the Ballarat municipality will ensure the region’s livestock producers can continue to sell their livestock locally.
Additionally, the facility will provide ongoing employment for over 630 people who work to support operations at the Ballarat saleyards and create further employment during construction.
When will it be built?
Construction has started and is expected to be completed by October 2018.
Who is building CVLX?
Project owners, CVLX RLX Investment Company, have appointed Walz Group as the principal Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor to build CVLX. When complete, the facility will be operated and managed by Regional Infrastructure Pty Ltd who also operate the current Ballarat saleyard site.
Will there be job opportunities?
From time to time, the project team will require services of local workers to help with construction. To register your interest, please send an email with your name and qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org
How far will CVLX be from nearby towns?
The main livestock pavilion will be located approximately 2km away from the Fishers IGA which marks the central point of the Miners Rest township.
What will nearby residents see?
The site is separated from Miners Rest by a natural ridgeline and the Burrumbeet Creek and will not be visible to residents located to the East, including those on Miners Rest Road or Victoria Street. This is because of the slope of the land between the site and the township, and as the footprint of the facility buildings will be recessed into the site to reduce visual profile.
Natural vegetation buffers will also largely screen the site from view.
Residents to the east and people passing the facility via the Western Highway will see single storey roofed saleyards and open air holding pens. The balance of the site will feature a series of water treatment ponds and resting paddocks for livestock.
Will odour be evident?
Unlikely. Studies have shown that the likelihood of odour at those residences nearest the facility will be low. This means while there may be instances where odour can be detected, it will be at a level that will not impact existing activities that may take place at these sites, i.e. farming. Residents further away from the facility – including Miners Rest will be highly unlikely to detect any odour.
Despite this low risk, CVLX has been designed to minimise odour impacts. Odour monitoring and management will form an important aspect of ongoing operations at the site.
What about noise?
Detailed noise modelling has been independently assessed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). While noise from the site may be audible at times, (i.e. trucks, site operations and livestock), the EPA has found that noise will not exceed strict noise requirements designed to protect the amenity of nearby residents.
CVLX will implement measures to control noise as much as possible. This includes driver awareness to reduce trucking noise, particularly in the evening after 8pm.
Some construction noise may be audible while CVLX is being built. Construction will comply with the EPA’s permitted hours for large-scale construction and measures will be taken to reduce noise during these times.
Will dust be an issue?
Unlikely. Within a livestock facility, dust can be a by-product of traffic movements, soft flooring used to provide comfortable conditions for animals or collected dry waste that will be temporarily stockpiled at the site. Dust management – such as sealed roads, appropriate waste storage and inbuilt dust suppression systems – is a critical component of our site management plan. Additionally, tree planting at the perimeter of the property will prevent dust on local roads.
What hours will CVLX operate?
Livestock sales will only be on designated days during daylight operating hours. Delivery of livestock for sale will usually be the day prior to a sale, including Sundays. At other times, the site will remain open to receive stock delivery trucks that may have broken down and are arriving late between 10.00pm and 6.00am. Emergency deliveries like these are only likely to happen infrequently.
How will traffic be managed?
A traffic management plan has been developed to control truck and transport movements through the local area. Site access will only be via Sunraysia Highway, negating the need for large transport to access the site via Miners Rest.
Roadworks will be completed to provide a new entry culvert from the site onto Sunraysia Highway. This will be located in a spot considered safest for drivers entering and leaving the site.
For safety, construction traffic will also be encouraged to avoid use of local roads. Predominantly, all construction vehicles – including passenger vehicles – travelling to and from the construction site, will do so via the Western and Sunraysia Highway.
Will there be road closures during construction?
The Sunraysia Highway will have additional lanes added at the site entrance, at which time traffic controls will be in place. There are not expected to be road closures, however there will be periods of single lane works whilst construction is undertaken. To remain up-to-date with construction, please consider subscribing to our SMS Alert service. See the Contact Us page on this website for more information.
What is being done to protect the environment?
Sustainability is a key consideration for the CVLX project. Environmental impact will be considered at each stage of the project, including selection and use of sustainable building materials, harvesting of rainwater to reduce reliance on town water supplies and collection and reuse of waste onsite.
More information on our environmental approach can be found in our Environmental Improvement Plan.
Will there be an abattoir on site?
What is Q fever and is it likely to occur?
Q Fever is just one of several infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. It is relatively rare and – if the infection manifests – can cause a flu-like illness.
Those at highest risk of exposure to Q fever are individuals that are directly exposed to birth fluids of both sheep and cattle, like veterinarians, abattoir workers and farmers working on their farms. As heavily pregnant animals are ineligible for sale at livestock exchanges, Q fever cases are highly unlikely to present at the CVLX facility.
CVLX must have a detailed Q fever prevention plan in place prior to construction. Our plan has been developed in consultation with The Dept Health and the Chief Veterinary Officer to ensure it reflects best practices in reducing infection risks. Reduction of risks on site will reduce level of risk beyond the facility to no higher than risk levels already present in
the local environment. No cases of Q fever have been reported previously at the current, less modern Ballarat saleyards.
How can I get involved?
Feedback on our project is welcomed. A Community Liaison Committee has been established and runs meetings every two months. Local groups, organisations and individuals with an interest in the project are welcome to join as new members. For more details, please see the Community section of this site.
An SMS Alert service has been set up to notify near neighbours of potential traffic impacts and key project developments. To register, please text your full name and number to 0419 302 850.
To get in contact or register for project updates, please email your name to email@example.com
Will CVLX support local groups?
Yes, we have plans in place to introduce community partnerships in the near future. Similar programs at other livestock exchanges we operate are well regarded for the support they provide to their local communities.
What will happen to the current saleyards?
The current Ballarat saleyards in LaTrobe Street will continue to operate as normal while CVLX is constructed. Once operations move to the new site, the old site will be closed. A decision on its future use is yet to be determined and will be the responsibility of Ballarat Council.
What times will construction be taking place?
Construction will occur between the hours of 6am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 6am – 4pm Saturday. No works will take place on Sundays or Public Holidays without prior approval from regulators.
What about airborne particles – are these a risk to resident health?
Dust is unlikely to be a noticeable issue around the site. Contamination levels in manure and yard floor waste materials used onsite will be exceedingly low, and waste management and dust suppression procedures will further reduce risk of airborne spread. Dust management measures have been independently reviewed by the EPA to ensure dust will not impact on residents.
Will water runoff be managed?
Earthworks will level the site in a way that all rainwater from general purpose areas (car parks, in between office buildings, etc) will runoff into a purpose-built wetland onsite. Water from this wetland will eventually be used to irrigate other parts of the site.
The EPA has confirmed that any discharged wastewater will cause no undue impact to the receiving waters, primarily Burrumbeet Lake. CVLX will continually monitor discharge water quality to confirm it is consistent with limits specified by EPA and other water authorities.
Runoff from the livestock holding pens will be captured and treated separately given the presence of effluent in this water.
What will you do to manage solid waste at the site?
Animal manure and natural-fibre floorcovering materials make up the bulk of solid waste generated by a livestock exchange. Solid waste materials will be collected and stored onsite, at a point furthest away from residences. Collection and removal of stockpiled waste will be done regularly by a licensed waste removalist or composting facility.
Will livestock be using surrounding paddocks?
CVLX includes multiple resting paddocks for livestock to rest and freshen up before or after sales or transport. The volume of livestock using paddocks will be small and only for a short duration of 2-3 days.
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