Council Wins Prestigious National Excellence Award for Wetlands

Burnie Waste Management Centre

Burnie Waste Management Centre

Last night at a Crown Melbourne gala dinner for the prestigious Australasian Land & Groundwater Association’s (ALGA) annual industry excellence awards, Council with its consulting partner Syrinx Environment Pty Ltd won the Sustainable Remediation Project Recognition award for the Landfill Leachate Treatment Wetlands, recently commissioned at the Burnie Waste Management Centre.

The wetlands treats 500 kL per day of leachate (contaminated water) from under the old stage 1 landfill.  The treated water is discharged to a tributary of Cooee Creek that runs through the landfill site.  A special feature of the discharge arrangement is that it occurs via a wet infiltration forest.  The forest was planted by over 200 volunteers including children from local primary schools.

The award category is for projects that comply with international sustainable remediation standards and pay significant attention to environmental, economic and social benefit.  The waste centre wetlands remove significant flow from the sewer network, increase environmental flows in the Cooee Creek tributary, provide water quality improvements for downstream users and enhance habitat for native flora and fauna, including the Burnie Burrowing Crayfish.