EPA considers proposal for Wood and Plastics Composite Facility, Bell Bay

​The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Timberlink Australia Pty Ltd for a Wood and Plastics Composite Facility at Bell Bay, in the George Town Municipality.

The proposal is for a wood and plastics composite (WPC) Facility at Timberlink Australia's existing Wood Processing works, Bell Bay, producing up to approximately 4,000 cubic metres of product. The WPC product is created by combining wood fibre, recycled plastic (HDPE) and colours and additives. The wood fibre will be sourced from waste material from the existing wood processing works, and the recycled plastic will be purchased in granule form from a local supplier. A new building is proposed for the site which will contain equipment to produce the WPC, including a drier, extruder, cooling tanks and cutting saw.

The EPA Executive Director Environmental Assessments, Martin Read, 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 George Town Council.

Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly air and noise emissions. Air emissions will be addressed through several conditions which will require control of fugitive emissions and post-commissioning surveys, and noise limits will apply which are consistent with the existing site." Dr Read said.

No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open from 11 December 2021 to 11 January 2022.

The proposal was considered 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 assessment of the proposal was undertaken in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act.

The environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the Timberlink Australia Pty Ltd and George Town Council

The decision by the Executive Director Environmental Assessments in relation to Timberlink Australia Pty Ltd, Wood and Plastics Composite Plant, Bell Bay​ can be viewed on this website.

Published on: 25/02/2022