Milk Processing Facility, Erskine Park
In June 2013, KMH was engaged to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the development by Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Ltd. (MGC) of a new milk processing facility at Erskine Park in Penrith. With a capital value in excess of $64 million, the project was assessed as State Significant Development (SSD) under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979. With a commitment to supply milk from its Erskine Park facility by July 2014 it was essential that the EIS be prepared in the shortest time possible, to achieve a planning approval that would allow construction to proceed on time.
KMH led the preparation of the EIS which involved coordinating a diverse range of input from the project team to achieve a technically robust document which met the requirements of regulators and stakeholders. A number of business and community information sessions were held at which KMH presented the project, the EIS process and the key environmental issues. This ensured the community was well informed about the project which was reflected in the low number of submissions received during the Public Exhibition process. KMH’s ability to deliver the EIS and Submissions Report within very strict deadlines while maintaining the highest quality standards saw the Minister for Planning grant Project Approval on 17 December 2013, less than 6 months after KMH was appointed.
In parallel with the EIS process, KMH managed the preparation of a number of documents required for pre-construction approval, such as the Construction Environmental Management Plan, Noise and Vibration Management Plan and HAZOP Plan, among others. The strategy of early preparation of these documents allowed the project to proceed to construction as soon as possible after planning approval, allowing the client to begin construction on time and avoid any associated costs of project delay.
KMH also prepared the application for an Operational Environmental Protection Licence to the Environmental Protection Agency. KMH’s detailed understanding of the application process and timescales allowed the EPL application to be programmed sufficiently early to meet the clients schedule for project commissioning and operations.
KMH’s understanding of the approvals required at each stage of the process, from planning, pre-construction to operations, allowed the client to understand the approval timescale, integrate this with the wider project programme, and manage approval risk. KMH undertook a parallel process of approval documentation which minimised approval timescales and allow the project to meet its very strict deadlines.