Waste to Energy Consultations in the West
Waste to energy infrastructure as an alternative to Landfill in the West
Melbourne’s West is a vibrant, rapidly growing part of our city experiencing significant change in industry and the built environment. The construction of new housing estates and renewal of existing areas has driven population growth and opened-up new opportunities for economic development. However, as our city expands it naturally causes some tension through competing land-use priorities as residential development encroaches into former industrial zones.
As you are aware, the recent approval by EPA Victoria of new landfill airspace at the Melbourne Regional Landfill (MRL), Ravenhall, has caused significant concern for nearby residents. The community has sent a strong message to both local and state government that long-term reliance on landfills cannot continue. It is therefore important that planning and consideration for alternative technologies to treat residual waste, such as waste to energy facilities, now commences in earnest.
The Victorian Government recently launched the Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund, and investment program to support the installation of new, or upgrades to, waste to energy facilities to process organic waste in Victoria. This followed by the release of a waste to energy discussion paper, which sets out the Government’s position and seeks views from industry, local government and the community.
I have been asked by the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, to undertake targeted consultation on waste to energy with industry, local government and community groups in Melbourne’s West. This consultation looks to explore the opportunities, issues and barriers, and help inform the Minister in setting a pathway forward for Victoria.
Waste to energy is a viable solution for residual waste and is a good alternative to land fill. It is more expensive, highly technical and will require support from the community. The aim is to divert all food and organic waste away from landfill all together.
I would like to encourage local residents to come along and express their views on this important issue. I look forward to hearing from you all.
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