Rezone Council land and approve DA for the expansion of waste operations

Project: Rezoning of Council land and approval of a Development Application for the expansion of waste operations.

Timeframe: July 2021 to June 2023

Cost and funding: Council received $1,060,000 in grant funding for the approved project from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) under the Bushfire Recovery Program for Council Landfills.

Last updated: June 2022

Project details

We are working to:

  • prepare and submit a planning proposal to rezone Council-owned land adjacent to the existing waste facility
  • obtain the necessary planning and development approval to enable the construction and completion of a future landfill cell.

Benefits to the community:

  • ensuring that Council is able to continue to meet current operational requirements and continuity of waste services.
  • safeguarding future long-term waste disposal for the Eurobodalla community.
  • improvement to Council's natural disaster preparedness and resilience.

After the 2019/20 bushfires, a significant amount of bushfire waste was disposed of at the Brou Waste Management Facility. This resulted in reduced capacity at this waste facility. Because of this, Council requires an alternative waste solution at least three years earlier than we anticipated.

To enabled the site's expansion, Council will:

  • undertake required investigations and submit a planning proposal to rezone Council-owned land adjacent to the existing waste facility
  • concurrently submit a Development Application (DA) for a new landfill cell and associated works, which include:
    • leachate and sediment management controls
    • landfill gas capture and flaring infrastructure
    • required roads and entry/access points
    • relocation and/or upgrading of associated infrastructure, eg, pump houses, sheds etc.

Background

  • Before the 2019/20 bushfires, the estimated remaining capacity of the Brou Waste Management Facility was eight years. This equates to approximately 60,000 m3 of airspace.
  • After the 2019/20 bushfires, an estimated 22,000 m3 of landfill space was consumed with bushfire-generated waste. This is the entirety of the cell, and represents an estimated three years of land-filling life.

This reduced capacity means this project is now required much sooner. As a result of the loss of airspace, we have begun the planning and development process earlier, by at least three years. We must complete these important planning steps as soon as practical. This will ensure that the proposed new cell can be constructed and commissioned prior to the closure of the existing cell.

This project also involves submitting a planning proposal to rezone Council-owned land next to the existing waste facility to enable its expansion.

  • The existing waste management facility is on Council land.
  • The current operational area is zoned SP2, which allows for use of the land as a waste depot.
  • The surrounding land (within the same parcel) is zoned RU3, which prohibits the land being used for the purposes of a waste facility.

To expand the existing landfilling operations to enable the use of the surrounding land, the land zoned RU3 needs to be rezoned. This is required before the DA is submitted/approved for the expansion of the waste facility.

What’s happened so far

We have been planning this project for some time. Here's a summary of activities that have taken place so far:

June 2022

  • Tetra Tech Coffey appointed to perform geotechnical investigations.

May 2022

  • NSW Public Works Advisory reviewed and investigated detailed DA requirements.
  • UMWELT commenced the biodiversity assessments.
  • Lantern Heritage commenced the Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment.

April 2022

  • UMWELT appointed to perform the biodiversity assessments.
  • Lantern Heritage appointed to perform the Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment.

March 2022

  • NSW Public Works Advisory released the following tenders on Tenderlink:
    • biodiversity assessment
    • Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment
    • geotechnical investigations.

February 2022

  • Council prepared and submitted the project plan to the EPA.

December 2021

  • The EPA executed the Deed of Funding for the approved project.

July 2021

  • Council applied for grant funding from the EPA under the Bushfire Recovery Program for Council Landfills.

More information

For more information please contact Council's Divisional Manager Waste Services, Nathan Ladmore, on: