The Loddon Shire Council is considering a planning application for a licensed wild game pet meat processing facility.
The application, submitted by Campaspe Meat Company, would primarily process about 1000 kangaroo carcasses each week before distributing the product to another site to be processed and packaged into pet food.
No live animals will attend the site.
Located in Inglewood, the proposed site is a former abattoir on Tarnagulla Road - also known as Dunolly-Inglewood Road.
A Loddon Shire spokesperson confirmed council has received the planning application for the Tarnagulla Road site.
"The application is in the process of being assessed by council officers," the spokesperson said.
"Following the completion of the assessment process, the application will proceed to a future meeting of council for its consideration."
Campaspe Meat Company states in its application it could process up to 1200 carcasses a week with the larger chiller room able to hold 800 carcasses and the smaller on up to 400.
The application states the facility would employ up to 10 staff as well as up to 10 harvesters.
Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services president Debbie Edwards the organisation was against killing wildlife.
"Fundamentally, we shouldn't be killing native wildlife," she said.
"The numbers of what's being reported as far as (kangaroo) over-population don't add up.
"It's not great for the community anyway.
"It might benefit a few people to have the facility but for the overall community there is no real benefit.
"While a lot of the Inglewood community may think it will be a lot of jobs, I think tourism for Inglewood is a better thing to be focusing on in that community."
A refrigerated delivery truck is expected to brings carcasses to the site once a day.
"These would be processed and dispatched within seven days of arriving to ensure the quality and freshness of the end product," the application reads.
The application proposes minimal waste with no offal coming on-site.
"The meat, bones and skin/fur are all products with an end market and the carcasses will have already been field dressed by the harvesters prior to being delivered to the site," the application reads.
"The processing rooms will be hosed out at the end of each day (so clean and tidy) with a high-pressure hose so there will be very limited wastewater generated compared to when the facility was an abattoir."
The business would also be forced to secure a PrimeSafe Pet Meat Processing licence to ensure strict operating standards are complied with.
The annually-reviewed licence requires the facility needs to be fit for purpose, in a good state of repair, cleaned and sanitised effectively and compliant with the relevant standards including having a written food safety program, signed agreement with a PrimeSafe approved auditor.
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