Surf Beach Waste Management Facility: disaster resilience masterplan and detailed designs

Project: Prepare a Masterplan delivering a clear, strategic approach that highlights the services to be provided to the community at the Surf Beach Waste Management Facility.

Timeframe: July 2021 to June 2023

Cost and funding: Council received $1,155,617 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:

  • develop a Masterplan to deliver a clear, strategic approach that details the services to be provided to the community at the Surf Beach Waste Management Facility
  • prepare a suite of designs and investigations detailing what activities are permitted, where they will be located, and how they are to be built.

Benefits to the community:

  • Increased support and direction to Council staff, particularly during a natural disaster
  • Ensuring that the site can maintain operations during or immediately after a natural disaster
  • Staff with clearer goals and objectives, and a shared understanding of what is ahead of them to meet and improve resource recovery and landfill operational requirements.

During the 2019/20 bushfires, a significant amount of bushfire waste was disposed of at the Surf Beach Waste Management Facility. Approximately 45,000 tonnes of bushfire-affected waste was received. The impact of this large amount caused the facility to be closed to the public for a short period of time.

By providing a a Masterplan and detailed plans and designs, we will:

  • prepare for the construction of required upgrades, expansions and enabling works at the site.
  • allow Council's Waste Services to effectively maximise the available space in order to meet the current and long-term needs of the community.

Background

The Surf Beach Waste Management Facility was significantly impacted during the 2019/20 bushfires.

  • The facility received approximately 45,000 tonnes of bushfire-affected waste. Close to 30,000m3 of landfill airspace was consumed, which exceeds an entire regular year's airspace.
  • There was insufficient space at the facility to receive green waste, which had increased because residents were preparing for incoming bushfires.
  • Council had to transfer the unprocessed green waste out of the Eurobodalla. This was necessary for the facility to continue receiving kerbside collections once the roads were safe to access.
  • To cater for the vast amounts of burnt waste received in a short period of time, we reshaped the existing waste cell and relocated access roads. This resulted in the loss of the area previously used for leachate dispersal.
  • The gas flare unit was damaged during this time, with some surface infrastructure and subsurface wells melted. This resulted in bushfire waste being disposed of in areas where gas capture was not available.

Provision of a Masterplan and detailed plans and designs will enable the construction of required upgrades, expansions and enabling works so that Waste Services can efficiently maximise the available space. This is required to meet the current and long-term needs of the community.

The Masterplan will align with Council's, regional, and broader waste strategies to ensure the Surf Beach facility meets long-term waste requirements.

This project:

  • supports necessary infrastructure and enhances the capacity and processing of waste
  • ensures that the site will be able to maintain operations during or immediately after a natural disaster in the future.

Project updates

We have been planning this project for some time. Here's a summary of direct and indirect activities that have taken place so far to help us prepare the Masterplan:

May 2022

  • NSW Public Works Advisory released the organics area expansion design tender on Tenderlink.

April 2022

  • UMWELT commenced the biodiversity assessments.
  • Lantern Heritage commenced the Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment.

March 2022

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

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: