Coolstore expected to increase Ardmona jobs

By Rodney Woods on August 22, 2017
  • Coolstore expected to increase Ardmona jobs

    A $7million coolstore and packing shed project that is estimated to provide up to 100 jobs in peak season and up to 50 in the off-season is planned for construction in Ardmona.

A $7million coolstore and packing shed project that is estimated to provide up to 100 jobs in peak season and up to 50 in the off-season is planned for construction in Ardmona.

The planned coolstore and packing shed is set to be located on a site of a former nut orchard on the corner of Ardmona Rd and Midland Hwy.

The Prima Fresh Orchards & Cool Stores project would be developed on 14.32ha and the proposal totals 26640sqm (2.67ha) of building floor area with a maximum building height of 11.2m.

The development also proposes a total area of 57167sqm (5.72ha) which is 40 per cent of the land.

At last week’s meeting, Greater Shepparton City Council unanimously voted to grant a planning permit to use and develop land for a large cool storage and packing shed complex, albeit with a raft of conditions attached.

Councillors had met objectors to the proposal, who largely objected based on amenity impacts, noise, truck movements as well as possible property devaluation.

However, officers were satisfied the application achieved acceptable planning outcomes due to the value it added to the agricultural base of the Goulburn Valley and maximised employment associated with horticulture in Greater Shepparton.

Officers did not believe the amenity impacts were unacceptable.

Prior to the item coming to council, tours of the existing Prima Fresh facility and discussions between council and the company had occurred.

Following the meeting, Mayor Dinny Adem remained confident the conditions applied would address objectors’ concerns.

‘‘We are promoting businesses to set up in Shepparton,’’ Cr Adem said.

‘‘We want the jobs here ... even construction is going to generate a lot of economic stimulus.

‘‘To me, it (the proposal) ticked all the boxes.’’

Cr Fern Summer hoped minimum disruption would be caused to surrounding properties, but said the benefits outweighed the negatives.

By Rodney Woods on August 22, 2017

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