Council is seeking community feedback on the future land use
of the Drysdale landfill precinct.
The primary waste disposal facility in the municipality, the
has operated since 1983 and receives about 100,000 tonnes of
waste and 55,000 visitors each year.
Planning is already well underway for the rehabilitation and
landscaping of the total site, with the long-term works project scheduled to
begin in 2022-23.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said a community reference
group, which included neighbouring property owners, had helped shape three
potential landscape plan options.
“Each option has a separate main focus, such as community access and
use, environmental restoration and cost-effective rehabilitation,” Mayor Asher
“We’re hoping these options will stimulate discussion and allow
residents to imagine what this significant landholding could become after the
landfill is closed.”
The City is currently conducting a Phytocap trial, to see if trees and
shrubs can be planted over the former landfill.
If the Phytocap method is unsuccessful, then a traditional landfill
site rehabilitation will be implemented, similar to the former Corio Landfill
Would provide new community parkland, retaining a mix of open grass
areas and indigenous vegetation, while maximising public access and community
Potential infrastructure could include paths, seats, picnic areas and
toilets, to support a variety of recreational and social activities.
Would provide complete rehabilitation of the site, with a focus on
restoring habitat and biodiversity values. The focus would be on maximising
indigenous vegetation, while potentially limiting public access in some areas to
increase bird habitat.
The former quarry site would be rehabilitated and filled with soil to
match the surrounding topography. Revenue generated from the filling activities
would offset the cost of the project. Indigenous plantings would be focused
around the waterway, and on the former quarry site.
Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan said it was important that Council
progressed its plans for the site, and encouraged members of the community to
view the options and provide their feedback.
“With the landfill approaching the end of its active life, we need to
lock away our future plans to enable this long-term rehabilitation project to
begin next financial year,” Deputy Mayor Sullivan said.
“We’d welcome input on your preferred land uses and ideas for the
future of the site.”
The Founds Road site has a range of current and former land uses.
These include active landfill cells, previously rehabilitated landfill
cells, a resource recovery centre, stormwater and leachate dams, and a disused
Feedback on the draft plan will be received from 1 September at yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au