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Background

In July 2019, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) received a concurrent works approval and licence application from Alkina Holdings Pty Ltd to construct a putrescible landfill site within part of Lot 4869 Great Southern Highway in St Ronans (Allawuna Farm). The works approval application (W6077/2017/1) seeks approval to construct Cell 1 and Cell 2 only. The licence application was placed on hold upon receipt, pending the outcome of the works approval assessment.

This premises was previously subject to works approval W5830/2015/1 granted to SITA Australia Pty Ltd (now known as SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd)—also for the construction of a putrescible landfill site known as ‘Allawuna Landfill’. This works approval was revoked by the Department on 11 August 2016 at the request of SUEZ.

The new application renames the proposed landfill as the ‘Great Southern Landfill’. The proposed footprint and design of the landfill is largely the same as the previously proposed Allawuna Farm landfill, although the waste input rate will be reduced from 250,000 tonnes per annum to 200,000 tonnes per annum.

DWER commenced a risk-based assessment of the works approval application and advertised the application for public consultation in September 2017. All submissions received during this public consultation period have been lodged for consideration in the Department's assessment of the application.

What is Happening Now?

On 10 April 2019 the Minister for Environment directed the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to assess the proposal for the development of the Great Southern Landfill, pursuant to section 43 of the Environmental Protection Act 1983. The status of the proposal assessment (Assessment Number 2204) can be found on the EPA website.

Following the referral of the proposal to the EPA, on 29 April 2019, DWER placed the assessment on the works approval on hold. DWER will recommence the works approval assessment upon the EPA reaching a decision on the assessed proposal and will take into account any outcomes from the EPA’s decision.

The decision to grant or refuse the works approval will be advertised in The West Australian newspaper and all stakeholders will be notified of the Department's decision in writing.

More Information

DER will update this page as new information comes to hand.

If you have any queries regarding the EPA proposal assessment submit an enquiry through the EPA website at http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/contact-form.

If you have any queries related to this application email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and quote W6077/219/1 in the subject title.

Updated February 2020