The new Regional Landfill Project Progress

July 2012 to August 2016

The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) determined the Development Application for the new landfill, granting Consent on July 7, 2012.

Following this Council engaged consultants to prepare a number of studies prior to the detailed design of the landfill itself, some of which were also required by the PAC Consent.  This suite of ‘Management Plans’ sit under the overall sites Environmental Management Plan, comprise the following specific and individual plans;

Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan - 3 May 2016 (PDF 1.3MB)

Air Quality Management and Monitoring Plan - 23 June 2015 (PDF 651.8KB)

Construction Environmental Management Plan - 29 September 2015 (PDF 508.2KB)

Greenhouse Gas Management Plan - 17 July 2015 (PDF 320.8KB)

Landfill Closure and Rehabilitation Management Plan - 17 July 2015 (PDF 1.2MB)

Noise Management Plan - 3 June 2015 (PDF 475.9KB)

Transport Code of Conduct - 15 September 2015 (PDF 1.3MB)

Water and Leachate Management Plan - 26 February 2016 (PDF 7.6MB)

Water Quality Management Plan - 26 February 2016 (PDF 9.5MB)

Significant time was spent on detailed site investigations and the design of the new landfill including identifying and allowing for all the issues raised in the various Management Plans (above). Tenders were prepared and awarded for two construction projects required to be in place prior to the main landfill construction project commencing. These were;

  • Site boundary fencing
  • Waterfall Way intersection and stock route road crossing

The plants required for re-vegetating parts of the site were identified and propagation from seeds collected at and endemic to the site has commenced to be ready when the vegetation planting needs to be carried out. Work was also commenced on the design drawings for the Operational area which includes the site control buildings, amenities and weighbridge.

August 2016 to present

Boundary fencing of the new site was constructed between August to October 2016, including protecting the identified Aboriginal Midden.

At the same time work commenced on the intersection roadworks at the site entry with the Waterfall Way, and included the road construction works for the initial section of the access road across the stock route to the site boundary.

Appointment of:

  • Probity officer
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Project Ecologist

In October 2016 Council was finally in a position to proceed to call for Tenders for the construction of the internal access and perimeter roads, the first of the five (5) landfill cells and the leachate pond, sediment and dry basins.

Additional soil testing was carried out in September, 2016 in relation to the quantity and quality of ‘clay’ soils on the site available for a possible clay lined landfill floor.The preferred method of construction (and hence the tender) is now considered to be a Geo-synthetic Clay liner (GCL) for the landfill cell floor.

What happens next?

With the proposal approved, the land acquired, the detail design completed, the various Management Plans completed and approved, the boundary fencing erected, and the construction tender released, the next immediate steps are:

  • Evaluation of landfill cell one and associate structures and access road Tenders
  • Awarding of the construction contract to the successful tenderer/s

It is expected that the tenders will close late February 2017, and be evaluated through March.  A report will then be prepared for Councils consideration recommending an outcome determined from the tender evaluation.  It is expected that a Contract will be awarded with work commencing on site by Mid 2017.

In parallel, the detailed design for the Operational area - weighbridge, office and amenities will be undertaken as well as other work required to satisfy the conditions of consent that accompany the approval.

At this stage it is anticipated that construction will commence Mid 2017, with the landfill commissioned in 2018.