Section 20B Conferences
In 2015 Jen chaired a consultation conference under Section 20B of the Environment Protection Act.
The purpose of the session was to enable a formal community response to the proposal by Iluka Resources to dispose of radioactive waste in a closed mine in Western Victoria.
In 2016 Jen was asked to chair a further information session regarding the Iluka proposal to enable concerned community members to be briefed on additional information provided by the proponent.
In October 2018 Jen chaired a s20B Conference regarding a proposal by Midfield Meats to establish a protein recovery plant and biofilter at their existing abattoir site in Scott Street, Warrnambool.
In December 2018 Jen chaired a s20B Conference regarding a proposal by Yumbah Aquaculture to develop an abalone farm on Dutton Way in Portland.
In June 2019 Jen chaired a s20B Conference regarding a proposal by Advanced Composting Technologies of Australasia Pty Ltd (ACTA) to establish a static pile composting facility in Bannockburn.
In July 2019 Jen chaired a s20B Conference regarding a proposal by Meatworks Australia to build an abattoir in Gillieston, on the outskirts of Shepparton.
In March 2020 Jen chaired a s20B Conference regarding a proposal by Great Southern Waste Technologies (GSWT) to establish a waste-to-energy plant in South Dandenong.
Each of the above processes involved prior liaison with the proponent and with concerned members of the public to explain the Conference process.
Documentation of community input received and production of recommendations is an important component of the 20B process. Under the Environment Protection Act, the EPA must act on the Chair’s recommendations, and explain why any recommendations are not followed. Each of the above processes (except GSWT) was jointly convened by the relevant Council; Jen also provided suggestions to consider in the assessment of the relevant Planning Permit Application.
Jen was assisted by the following talented people in the production of the formal Conference Reports:
Angela Hawdon (Iluka Resources), Sally Chandler Ford (Midfield Meats) and Kylie Cirak (Yumbah Aquaculture, ACTA composting, Meatworks Australia, GSWT).