Regional Resource Recovery Park

The relocation of Broome's Waste Management Facility, which is approaching the end of operational life, is now time critical. The Shire of Broome aims to establish a facility that has the capacity to service the Broome community and the wider West Kimberley for 70 years.

This opportunity will drive significant improvements in waste management processes and see strong environmental outcomes.

Throughout 2020, industry experts have focused explorations on two preferred sites for a new Regional Resource Recovery Park (RRRP).

The two sites, which are on the outskirts of Broome’s township, were the subject of a range of site investigations to gauge viability.

This included cultural, flora and fauna surveys, hydrogeological, geotechnical and hydrological investigations, financial analysis and invaluable consultation with Broome’s Traditional Owners, Nyamba Buru Yawuru.

The findings from the site investigation works have been analysed and collated to inform a Site Comparison Report.

After extensive community consultation, the Shire Council voted for Site D2 as the preferred location for the new RRRP facility at the April 2021 Ordinary Meeting of Council.

For more information on the project, please visit the RRRP website by clicking here.

RRRP Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a Regional Resource Recovery Park and what does it consist of?

A. The Shire of Broome’s new Regional Resource Recovery Park will be a state-of-the-art facility to cater for the region’s waste needs for at least 70 years into the future. The project’s blueprint includes a landfill site, Waste Transfer Station and Community Recycling Centre, with the latter to be established in an attempt to increase environmental disposal or repurpose of specific waste. This includes the following components:

       1. Community Recycling Area

  • Community Reuse and Recycling
    • Education Centre & Admin Building
    • Reuse Shop
    • Hazardous Household Waste
    • On-ground Recycling Drop Off Area
    • Refuse Drop Off Area
    • Green waste Drop Off Area
    • Mulch Drop Off and Collection Area
    • Future Container Recycling Scheme (CDS) Footprint
  • Light Vehicles Facilities
    • Light Vehicles Recycling Drop Off Facility
    • Mixed Waste Drop Off Facility
  • Stockpiling and Processing Areas
    • Glass
    • Vehicles
    • Scrap metal
    • Construction & Demolition Waste
    • Ranger Impounded Vehicle Enclosure 

    2. Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)

  • Footprint to be developed for this specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers. The MRF holds potential for private or joint venture development of the facility.

      3. Liquid Waste Facility

  • Liquid Waste Facility, to manage treatment of domestic and commercial liquid waste inline with licence conditions.

      4. Supporting Site Infrastructure

  • Public and Servicing Roads
  • Storm Water Management System
  • Leachate Collection System
  • Shire Office/Workshop
  • Weighbridge

Q. What is Best Practice Waste Management Design?

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A. The master plan for this facility has conceptually been developed in line with the Shire’s aims and objectives for the project as well as best practice waste management principles driven by the Waste Hierarchy (right) and as outlined below:

Key Principle

Description

Waste Hierarchy

Facility established in accordance with the Waste Hierarchy.

Promote sustainable waste management practices – maximise material recovery. One way loop system.

Safety and Controlled Access

Controlled and safe drop off services.

Separation Front of House & Back of House.

Reduce traffic mixing / conflicts

Minimise interaction of heavy and light vehicles.

Operational Efficiency

Design logical linkages between operations to create operational efficiencies.

Minimise Material Handling

Minimise the material handling requirements onsite, particularly unnecessary double handling where possible.

Operational Flexibility

Design for flexibility, allow for change – expansion and future developments


Q. Why is the Shire trying to establish a new RRRP?

A. The current Waste Management Facility on Buckleys Road is reaching the end of its operational life, with a replacement needed to cater for Broome and the wider region’s future waste requirements. It is anticipated that the current site has four-to-five years of operation remaining before becoming unusable. This time span is similar to the timespan required to develop waste facilities, based on arduous processes enforced by Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) who investigate, evaluate and provide direction on project approvals.

Q. What is the background information on the project?

A. The Shire of Broome has been proactive in trying to identify potential sites for a new Waste Management Facility since 2013, but possible locations have been ruled out for one reason or another. Consultation with Broome’s Traditional Owners, Nyamba Buru Yawuru, and other stakeholders has been extensive in this time period.

Q. What site tests have been undertaken in 2020?

A. Best practice testing undertaken in the last 12 months has included cultural, flora and fauna surveys, hydrogeological, hydrological and geotechnical investigations and invaluable consultation with Broome’s Traditional Owners, Nyamba Buru Yawuru. Collaboration with NBY has ensured Indigenous culture and practices have been respected, while the testing has had no adverse environmental impact.

Q. What public consultation took place in this project?

A. Everything the Shire of Broome does is driven by consultation with the local community. A six-week public consultation period began in February 2021 and ensured residents were involved in the process. Interested parties were encouraged to gather as much information as possible on the project and provide submissions detailing their feedback and opinions. The Shire hosted several information sessions to engage residents and conducted targeted group workshops with relevant stakeholders. Information was further provided through information displays, media releases, advertising, website updates, social media, e-newsletters, flyers, fact sheets and a survey.

Q. What did the Shire Council decide?

A. The Shire Council voted in April 2021 to approve Site D2 as the preferred site for the new RRRP facility.

Q. What stage is the project at now?

A. After the selection of Site D2 by the Shire Council, officers have been working to get the necessary approvals with regulatory bodies to proceed with the project.

Q. Where can I get more information on the project?

A. The RRRP project has its own website at www.rrrp.com.au.