Have your say on landfill's future landscape

Friday, 27 August 2021

Council is seeking community feedback on the future land use of the Drysdale landfill precinct.

The primary waste disposal facility in the municipality, the Drysdale landfill 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 said.

“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 rehabilitation.

Option 1:
Would provide new community parkland, retaining a mix of open grass areas and indigenous vegetation, while maximising public access and community facilities.
Potential infrastructure could include paths, seats, picnic areas and toilets, to support a variety of recreational and social activities.

Option 2:
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.

Option 3:
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 quarry.

Feedback on the draft plan will be received from 1 September at yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au

Page last updated: Friday, 27 August 2021