EPA considers proposal for Deep Creek Sawmill and Kiln, Wynyard

​The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by CLTP Panel Products Pty Ltd for Deep Creek Sawmill and Kiln, Wynyard in the Waratah-Wynyard Council municipality.

The proposal is to intensify production at an existing sawmill and kiln at Deep Creek Road, Wynyard from 1,000 cubic metres to 20,000 cubic metres of product per year. Plantation hardwood timber will be sawn and kiln dried on site to produce rough-sawn boards and dried in kilns.

The EPA Director, Wes Ford, who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, concluded the proposed development can be managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions. The Board requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the Waratah-Wynyard Council.

“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly noise and dust emissions. Noise emission limits will apply for the activity to protect nearby residences from nuisance, and the environmental conditions will require noise surveys to ensure the activity complies with those limits. Proposed management measures for the sawmill are expected to effectively control dust and air emissions, which will also be required by the environmental conditions." Mr Ford said.

No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for 14 days from 14 August 2021.

The proposal was considered by the Director in the context of the sustainable development objectives of the Resource Management and Planning System of Tasmania (RMPS), and in the context of the objectives of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control System (EMPCS) established by the EMPC Act.

The functions of the EPA are to administer and enforce the provisions of the EMPC Act, to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives and, in particular, to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania.

The Director undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act.

The Director's environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the applicant and Waratah-Wynyard Council.

The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on this website at CLTP Panel Products Pty Ltd, Deep Creek Road Sawmill and Kiln.

Published on: 26/10/2021