Com­post for farms plan is go

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CHILDERS-based av­o­cado grower Simp­son Farms is em­brac­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly phi­los­o­phy by us­ing agri­cul­tural by-prod­ucts to cre­ate com­post for its farms.

The group has suc­cess­fully ap­plied to Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil for a ma­te­rial change of use on a 10.5ha site off Good­wood Rd to con­duct a com­post­ing fa­cil­ity and also un­der­take com­post­ing and soil con­di­tioner man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Coun­cil­lor Ross Sommerfeld said it was a great ex­am­ple of us­ing waste to en­hance on-farm pro­duc­tion in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able man­ner.

“The pro­posal in­volved Simp­son Farms util­is­ing a mix of wood­chips, cane bales and av­o­cado, mush­room and mill sur­plus to cre­ate 5m mounds in windrows that will take be­tween three and six months to com­post.

“Most of the raw ma­te­ri­als are by-prod­ucts of their farm­ing prac­tices, in­clud­ing mulched prun­ings from their cou­ple of hun­dred thou­sand av­o­cado trees,” said Cr Sommerfeld.

“Pro­duc­ing this ma­te­rial on their own prop­erty lim­its the need for Simp­son Farms to trans­port sim­i­lar ma­te­rial onto the site.

“Simp­son Farms have ap­pro­pri­ately ad­dressed is­sues re­lat­ing to ve­hi­cle move­ments to and from the site, as well as meet­ing all re­quired en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards and en­sur­ing the vis­ual amenity of the area is not im­pacted through the es­tab­lish­ing of a land­scap­ing strip.”

A per­mit to un­der­take an en­vi­ron­men­tally rel­e­vant ac­tiv­ity has been ap­proved by the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion.

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