Compost for farms plan is go
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.