Allied Farms feedlot at Garah fined $15,000 for breaching Environment Protection Licence

File photo.
File photo.

A Garah feedlot has been fined for allegedly holding more cattle than permitted under its Environment Protection Licence.

Allied Farms Pty Ltd was fined $15,000 by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for the alleged breach of licence.

The cattle feedlot at Garah is licensed to manage a maximum of 5,000 head of cattle at any one time, however this was allegedly breached on various dates between April and August 2019, with numbers in the feedlot yards exceeding the licensed limit.

The highest exceedance allegedly occurred on August 13, 2019 when 5,521 cattle were reported in the yards.

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EPA regional director north Adam Gilligan said the fine was a reminder about the importance of considering and protecting the surrounding environment and neighbours.

"Licence limits are in place to manage the potential impacts that a property or industry may have on their neighbours, the community and their nearby environment," he said.

"We expect all licensees to follow the requirements of their specific licenses and breaches are taken seriously by the EPA.

"Ignoring those limits and operating without consideration of potential impacts is not an acceptable practice."

Penalty notices are one of several tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance including formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions and prosecutions.

For more information about the EPA's regulatory tools see EPA Compliance Policy at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm.