Plans for a A$15 million medicinal cannabis cultivation and processing facility north of Bathurst, New South Wales have been submitted to the local council by Better Green founder and CEO Blake O’Sullivan. 

The plans for a 4,350-sqm greenhouse to grow, harvest, process and package medicinal cannabis include a 1,860-sqm processing building, office and onsite carpark. 

The facility would employ up to 50 people once fully operational according to a Statement of Environmental Effects (SoEE) lodged along with the development application to Bathurst Regional Council. 

According to the Western Advocate, the SoEE states the facility would produce cannabis products “aimed at managing chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, as well as pain associated with palliative care”.

The proposed development is an indoor cultivation operation which would be monitored 24 hours a day and include perimeter fencing and a vault for finished products. 

Mature plants would be dried on site in a low-humidity environment and harvested from the stems, meaning the remaining plant material would be destroyed. 

A mix of electric and solar energy with a possible natural gas option would be used to power the site. 

The plans will be considered by a new council following elections on December 4, and were originally lodged with the current council last Tuesday (November 16).

Hannah Adler

Hannah is a communications professional and early-career researcher in the disciplines of health communication and health sociology. She is a PhD student at Griffith University currently writing a...