MIDFIELD Meat’s multi-million-dollar plan to construct a milk processing plant and large-scale cold store is one step closer to reality.
Warrnambool City councillors voted unanimously this week to put out for exhibition a combined planning scheme amendment and planning permit application for the development first flagged in March.
If approved, the planned dairy plant would be built adjacent to the abattoir on Scott Street land which was previously Crown land and part of the council’s outdoor depot.
Cr Kylie Gaston told councillors she had recently toured the Midfield Meat site to get a better understanding of the proposed development.
“Warrnambool is fortunate to have a business like Midfield that is innovative and progressive,” Cr Gaston said.
“If you look at industrial decline around the country, in places like Geelong, we are fortunate to have a large-scale business that wants to expand rather than make cutbacks.”
Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh said the plans were open for public comment from interested parties with details on the development clarified.
According to the council agenda, the milk facility would be in a concrete building 34 metres tall — equivalent to 10 storeys — and measure about 3000 square metres.
It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week with six staff on shift.
The freezer and cold storage facility is proposed to be built between Scott and Strong streets.