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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.



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RRRP Community Review Information Pack 2021


Peer Review conducted by Golder and Associates


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RRRP Site Comparison Report

RRRP Site Investigation Report G1

Site Investigation Report G1


Groundwater Monitoring Data - Site D2

RRRP Site Investigation Report D2

Site Investigation Report D2

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RRRP Project Structure


Groundwater Monitoring Data - Site G1


Site Selection Community Report



Shire meeting with Tony Laws

Info Session - Environs Kimberley

Info Session - Broome Community

Info Session - Coconut Well Residents


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Radio interview - ABC Kimberley


RRRP Explainer video


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

    • Recycling Drop-Off

    • Green waste Drop Off

    • Mulch Collection

    • Hazardous Household Waste (HHW)

    • E-waste, fluros, gas bottles

    • Bulky item drop off

    • Refuse Drop Off facility

  • Commerical Stockpiling and Processing Areas

    • Glass

    • Tyres

    • Wood

    • Vehicles

    • Scrap metal

    • Construction & Demolition Waste

2. Liquid Waste Facility

  • Liquid Waste Facility, to manage treatment of domestic and commercial liquid waste inline with licence conditions. Common liquid wastes to be accepted are Septages (Septic tank pumpouts) and grease as well as truck washes and coolant.


3. Supporting Site Infrastructure

  • CCTV

  • Firefighting services

  • Leachate Collection System

  • Groundwater monitoring bores

  • Public and Service Roads

  • Storm Water Management System (SWMS)

  • Site Office and Workshop

  • Weighbridge


4. Class III Landfill

  • Basal lining system to protect soils and groundwater below the landfill

  • Leachate collection and management to proactively collect and extract out any liquid (referred to as leachate) from the bottom of each cell

  • Landfill gas management to safely deal with any gases that form as the waste breaks down

  • Landfill capping system to seal each cell as it reaches its end of life

  • Surface water management to divert water away from the landfill

5. Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)

  • A footprint has been allowed for the development of a specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers.


Q. What is Best Practice Waste Management Design?

A. The master plan for this facility was 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


  • 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?

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.

Q. How long has the Shire been looking for a new site?

The Shire of Broome has been proactive in trying to identify potential sites for a new Waste Management Facility since 2013 with initial locations ruled out for one reason or another. 

Q. What location was selected?

At the 29 April 2021 Ordinary Meeting of Council it was resolved to accept Site D2 for the construction of the RRRP.

Q. What stage is the project at?

Statuary approvals have been received for Stage 1 of the project, which includes the Community Recycling Centre, Liquid Waste Facility and associated Site Infrastructure. Separate applications have been made for approvals of Stage 2, the Landfill component, and its associated infrastructure. 

Construction of Stage 1 is expected to commence is the middle of 2024 and take approximately 2 years to complete and be open to the public by mid 2026. The timing of Construction of Stage 2 is dependent on gaining further approvals and funding.

Q. What is a Site Comparison Report?

Prior to Council selection of a site, a Site Comparison Report compared Sites D2 and G1. Both were extensively investigated in 2020 to gauge their suitability for housing the RRRP facility. After 12 months of testing, a Site Comparison Report was prepared.

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. The Report was made available to the community and informed Council decision on which site(s) and development option to progress with.


The objectives of the report were 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?

Technical investigations included:

  • Cultural,

  • Flora and fauna surveys,

  • Geological

  • Geotechnical

  • Hydrological

  • Landfill Stability Risk Assessments

Q. What Shire consultation has taken place?

A six-week public consultation period was carried out from February 2021 to ensure residents are involved in the site selection process. Interested parties were encouraged to gather as much information as possible on the project and provide submissions detailing their feedback and opinions. The Shire hosted several information sessions to engage residents and conduct targeted group workshops with relevant stakeholders. Information was 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?

Reserve 53301 was 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:

  • A portion of Reserve 25716 was exercised and new reserve created for the Shire of Broome at Site D2

  • The Shire of Broome revoked the management orders for Reserve 53301 in favour of the Water Corporation


This land transfer allowed the Water Corporation to expand their 'North' Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Shire to apply for licences to build the RRRP at the D2 Site.

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