Wetland treatment project well underway

Work on Burnie City Council’s wetland treatment system at the Waste Management Centre is progressing well, with the wetland expected to be completed by the end of October.

The landfill leachate treatment wetlands project is in the final stage of the $4.25 million federally funded stormwater improvement program, made possible through the Australian Government’s Community Infrastructure Grants Program. This stage involves removing groundwater/leachate from the sewer system at the Burnie Waste Management Centre (BWMC). The aim of the stormwater improvement program is to free up capacity in TasWater’s network, and the flow from the BWMC represents just over 25% of the target removal quantity under the program.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said, “Council has been granted approval from the Environmental Protection Authority to develop the wetlands treatment system to treat an average of 490kL of water per day to a quality that is suitable for discharge to the tributary of Cooee Creek, which runs through the site.”

The treatment wetland covers a footprint of more than 3.5 hectares and includes 14 treatment wetland ponds and a large infiltration forest prior to discharge to the creek.

“This project will result in many ongoing benefits such as improved water quality in the Cooee Creek tributary and improved stormwater quality from the site. The aesthetic and biodiversity values of the site will also be enhanced.”

“With the civil and hydraulic works now approaching completion, attention has turned to the planting phase. A total of 40,000 native plants and 18kg of plant seed species are to be planted.”

“Council recently sought expressions of interest from the community to assist with the planting within the wetland, and the response has been fantastic, with local community members, schools and community groups putting up their hands to help out.”

“This week over 200 volunteer will be on-site at various times for the planting, and it is expected that more than 5,000 plants will be planted in the wetland.”

“This will result in a wonderful transformation of the area and once completed the wetland will provide an opportunity to school groups for research, interpretation and educational uses.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net