On Friday, 8 September, the result of close to 10 years of work for SSROC and six member councils was realised with the official opening of the Veolia MBT waste treatment facility in Woodlawn, 40 minutes south of Goulburn.
In 2008 SSROC and our member councils started out with the vision for a better way than disposing of general waste. They commenced work on the development of what has now become the Woodlawn MBT facility and Banksmeadow Transfer Station.
The full, competitive procurement process hit several hurdles on the way.
– Interim landfill services had to be tendered to allow sufficient time for approvals, design and construction;
– The Carbon Pricing Mechanism came and went; and
– Delays with planning and licensing approvals.Now, nearly 10 years after the initial idea, the Woodlawn MBT facility has been formally opened and will deliver savings of around $9.5 million to our six member councils in this financial year.
Now, nearly 10 years after the initial idea, the Woodlawn MBT facility has been formally opened and will deliver savings of around $9.5 million to our six member councils in this financial year.
The Hon Pru Goward, State Member for Goulburn and NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault was in attendance representing the Premier to formally open the facility. She congratulated Veolia and SSROC on their visionary investment in biological waste treatment and recycling.
The Hon Angus Taylor, Federal Member for Hume and Federal Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation was also in attendance at the opening, praising the efforts of councils and Veolia in delivering the new facility.
SSROC General Manager Namoi Dougall spoke at the opening, congratulating all involved for their dedication to seeing this project through. She warned attendees that based on recently conducted research by SSROC and the NSW EPA, projected Sydney region waste tonnages in the future may require another four facilities like Woodlawn by 2036.
Namoi stated that “With this kind of growth, we need foresight and planning to ensure that waste management continues to be effective. One Woodlawn took us ten years. Sydney needs to plan now for the next four.”
– The plant will recycle metals and divert roughly 55% of general waste from landfill.
– Compost will be generated and used to remediate and rehabilitate a degraded mine-site.
– Carbon emissions will be reduced.
– There will be 30,000 less heavy truck movements as the waste will be transported to Woodlawn by rail from a new transfer facility within the SSROC region at Banksmeadow and Veolia’s existing transfer station at Clyde.
– Councils will save millions of dollars, $9.5 million in the 2017-18 FY
– And last, but not least, 50 new jobs have been created, in regional NSW, and in southern Sydney at Banksmeadow.
A tour of the site was conducted after the launch, with attendees visiting the composting facilities, the on-site barramundi fish farm which is heated with green energy generated from the waste processing, and out to the old mine site which is to be rehabilitated with compost generated from the facility.
The launch was well attended, with State and Federal MPs, Goulburn, SSROC and NSROC council representatives, and Veolia ANZ representatives present.
The Woodlawn facility will receive waste from six, formerly eight, SSROC councils: Bayside (Botany Bay and Rockdale), Burwood, Georges River (Kogarah), Inner West (Ashfield and Leichhardt), Waverley and Woollahra.