Resources

On this page you will find FAQs, background reports and detailed site investigations that have been conducted in the lead up to this community review.

INFORMATION PACK

PEER REVIEW

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RRRP Community Review Information Pack 2021

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Peer Review conducted by Golder and Associates

REPORTS

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RRRP Site Comparison Report

RRRP Site Investigation Report G1

Site Investigation Report G1

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Groundwater Monitoring Data - Site D2

RRRP Site Investigation Report D2

Site Investigation Report D2

RRRP Project Structure

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Groundwater Monitoring Data - Site G1

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Site Selection Community Report

 

MEETING MINUTES

Shire meeting with Tony Laws

Info Session - Environs Kimberley

Info Session - Broome Community

Info Session - Coconut Well Residents

MEDIA

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Radio interview - ABC Kimberley

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RRRP Explainer video

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?

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

Waste Hierarchy

 

 

 

Safety and Controlled Access

Reduce traffic mixing / conflicts

Operational Efficiency

 

Minimise Material Handling

 

 

Operational Flexibility

Description

  • Facility established in accordance with the Waste Hierarchy.

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

  • Controlled and safe drop off services.

  • Separation Front of House & Back of House.

  • Minimise interaction of heavy and light vehicles.

  • Design logical linkages between operations to create operational efficiencies.
     

  • 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.