AU: New South Wales might welcome medical cannabis growing facility

A development application for a medical cannabis cultivation facility in New South Wales’ Bathurst region has been lodged with Bathurst Regional Council. The proposed site located at Watton, around 23 kilometers from the heart of Bathurst, would be used to grow medical cannabis in a greenhouse environment, as well as housing processing and packaging activities. It is expected that the facility will produce around 8 tonnes of medical cannabis per annum – whether that is total biomass or finished product is not yet clear.

The development would include construction of a 4,350 m2 fully enclosed glasshouse and a 1860 m2 building housing 6 production rooms, and a store, vault (for finished product), and dispatch area. The operation will be monitored 24/7 and various fencing (2 fences and then barriers around the building) will be erected in order to meet state and federal requirements.

The proponent notes the facility will employ up to 50 people when fully operational, so it could provide significant local economic benefit.

There is also a green focus on how the facility will operate. Solar energy will be partly powering the facility, and there is mention of treating some of the water associated with operations for re-use through a reverse osmosis system. 

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