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, have been the subject of a range of site investigations to gauge viability.
This has 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.
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
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
Q. What is Best Practice Waste Management Design?
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:
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.
Design logical linkages between operations to create operational efficiencies.
Minimise Material Handling
Minimise the material handling requirements onsite, particularly unnecessary double handling where possible.
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 locations are currently under consideration and why?
A. There are two potential locations under consideration currently and both have been extensively investigated in 2020 to gauge their suitability for housing the future RRRP facility. After 12 months of testing, a Site Comparison Report has been prepared to brief Shire Councillors on the work already undertaken.
Q. What is a Site Comparison Report?
A. The Site Comparison Report is a document prepared to outline and compare the environmental and social attributes of each site and to compare the financial cost of each development option. This Report is proposed to be used to progress community consultation to inform a Council decision on which site(s) and development option to progress with. The objectives of this report are to:
- Summarise and compare the environmental and social aspects of each site
- To compare the financial cost of each development option
- Identify any fatal flaws that may hinder the development of the site(s)
- Help guide the Council to make an informed decision on the most preferred site and development option for the RRRP
- Outline the legislative approval required to establish the RRRP
- List the next steps required for the project
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 will take 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 will begin in February 2021 and ensure residents are involved in the process. Interested parties will be encouraged to gather as much information as possible on the project and provide submissions detailing their feedback and opinions. The Shire will host several information sessions to engage residents and conduct targeted group workshops with relevant stakeholders. Information will further be provided through information displays, media releases, advertising, website updates, social media, e-newsletters, flyers, fact sheets and questionnaires.
Q. What are the details of the land swap with the Water Corporation?
A. Reserve 53301 is vested with the Shire of Broome for the purpose of ‘storage and treatment of liquid waste, storage and processing of recyclable materials, waster transfer station’. Reserve 25716 is vested with the Water Corporation for the purpose of ‘water supply’. The land swap requires:
- Excision portion of Reserve 25716 and creation of new Reserve in favour of the Shire of Broome
- Shire of Broome revoking management orders for Reserve 53301 in favour of the Water Corporation
The land transfer will allow the Water Corporation to expand their North Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Q. What will happen if neither proposed site is found to be suitable?
A. If neither site is found to be suitable, the process will need to start again as the current Waste Management Facility is anticipated to reach the end of its lifespan in four-to-five years. This will place future waste management services at critical risk.