Case Study – Inghams

Ingham’s

Somerville Plant

Ingham’s is Australia and New Zealand’s leading integrated poultry producer employing 9000 staff with AUD$2.1Bn annual turnover. Ingham’s Somerville plant employs 500 staff and is a major supplier of poultry products to Victoria and Tasmania.

Catchment

The Somerville plant is located on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, in a peri-urban area with a boundary on Watson Creek. The creek flows into the Western Port Ramsar Site and Yaringa Marine National Park.

Understanding Water Use and Issues

KEY CATCHMENT CHALLENGE

  • Watson Creek is often referred to as ‘the most polluted waterway in Victoria’, largely due to private land practices (e.g. fertiliser use).

KEY SITE RISK

  • The plant utilises 11,600m3 of water per week (2014). Melbourne has suffered severe drought in the past and climate change will increase both drought and weather extremes in the region.

KEY SITE OPPORTUNITY

  • The plant has had only limited impact on the creek since its wastewater was connected to the Melbourne sewerage system. However, the plant is the largest enterprise on the creek. The plant has significant growth potential and its ‘social license’ is an important asset.

Benefits from Water Stewardship

[Water Stewardship fulfilled Ingham’s] need for a user friendly, meaningful standard system that can be relied upon to deliver benefits to all users of water in different contexts.

RISK MANAGEMENT

  • builds internal capacity on ‘water stewardship’ in a production focussed environment where water matters

COST REDUCTION

  • very useful means of identifying areas for further improvement and focus
  • integrates with existing systems
  • helped Ingham’s understand and quantify the benefits of installing an Advanced Water Treatment Plant and to measure the impact once it had been installed: reduced municipal supply and waste disposal by 70%

STRATEGIC VALUE

  • helps communicate our sustainability ethos and credentials to customers, government, community, staff and other stakeholders; provides opportunity for collaboration complements other work on communicating sustainability across the value chain
  • provides a structure for change sought by the broader community
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[Water Stewardship fulfilled Ingham’s] need for a user friendly, meaningful standard system that can be relied upon to deliver benefits to all users of water in different contexts.

Australian freshwater withdrawal

Domestic 27 percent
Industrial 18 percent
Agricultural 55 percent