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Planning and Development
For new developments, expansions and changes in material use at piggeries, all piggeries should consult with their relevant agencies such as local council and Environment Protection Authority to identify early what information will be required for assessment. Identifying what is needed and being well prepared can significantly improve the assessment process and reduce the potential for further information requests and time delays.
If you are considering piggery expansions or additional reuse or rotational areas in the near future, consider submitting a application that shows the staged approach to council in the one application as this then can avoid the requirement for resubmitting an additional planning application in the future.
The National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries (NEGP) has a Planning Principles Checklist that can assist in identifying the supporting information often required by responsible authorizes such as local council and EPA’s.
APL has an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) template that can be used for applications. Please contact APL for a copy.
There are consultants available that can assist producers with development applications and EMP’s.
The National Environmental Guidelines for Rotational Outdoor Piggeries were revised in May 2016. For the minor revisions please see Outdoor Production.
Electronic Environmental Management Plan (EMP) Templates
An EMP focuses on the general management of a whole farm, taking into account the environment and associated risks. It documents design features and management practices, identifies risks and mitigation strategies and documents monitoring plans to ensure impacts are minimised. An EMP can assist with day-to-day environmental management, demonstrate best practice to regulators and be a requirement for decision makers when developing or expanding a piggery.
APL have developed a user friendly electronic template to assist producers in developing their own EMP. It is compatible with the National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries (2010 revised) and Rotational Outdoor Piggeries (2013). The EMP includes a site specific risk assessment, pollution incident response plan (NSW requirement) and duty of care information for off-site re-users.
Nutrient Balance Calculators
The nutrient balance calculators are easy-to-use tools that will assist piggery operators to sustainably reuse manure and effluent from conventional and deep litter piggeries, and manage paddock rotations for outdoor piggeries. They will help farmers to better understand the quantities of nutrients in manure and effluent streams, and how to utilise these effectively in cropping systems.
The calculators are consistent with the newly-released APL “Piggery Manure & Effluent Management & Reuse Guidelines” (Tucker 2015) which are, in turn, based on the “National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries” (Tucker et al. 2010) and the “National Environmental Guidelines for Rotational Outdoor Piggeries” (Tucker and O’Keefe 2013).