An application that has been in progress since late last year, HPC URBAN Design + Planning recently gained council and state planning approval for the intensification of the Kilcoy Pastoral Company (KPC) abattoir. A project that is sure to bring huge benefits to the region.
A company that has provided beef for Australian residents since 1953 when it was maximising beef production at 40 head of cattle a day. KPC is now currently processing more than 800 premium grain-fed cattle a day both nationally and internationally out of the town of Kilcoy, situated at the base of the Conondale Range in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Region. Setting top quality standards for beef production and processing in Australia, KPC now has the opportunity to expand once more and process beef at an increased rate of 1250 head per day.
The client at KPC adopted cutting edge technologies for the treatment of waste water and use of irrigation on rural lands.
The application was assessed on environmental grounds including assessment for odour, noise, coal burning, traffic, dust and waste water treatment. Also as the premises are located in the catchment of Somerset and Wivenhoe dams the methods for treating waste water and monitoring water quality were assessed closely by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann supports the development stating “council considered all factors in the KPC proposal including economic and environmental considerations and was satisfied that they have met all requirements for Council to allow the expansion”.
The benefits of the expansion will be reaped by Kilcoy and the region of Somerset, which currently has 25% of its employment directly linked to food production and food processing. The predicted increase of 66% of production levels will mean the availability of jobs at KPC is likely to rise from 780 employees to more than 1000.
Cr Lehmann confirmed his support for the development, agreeing that “every direct job in food manufacturing means additional money is being spent in our local community”
Landfill operations at Swanbank approved to proceed
HPC have recently obtained planning approvals for a large landfill operation at Swanbank near Ipswich. When completed the landfill will have a height of 50m above surrounding land, and form a vegetated buffer between heavy industry at Swanbank and residential uses at Ripley Valley.