West Coast Council, Zeehan Landfill Wetlands, Extension

Current Stage

Assessment Completed

Proposal Details

Client: West Coast Council

Premises: Henty Main Road, Zeehan 7467

Activity: Wastewater treatment plant

Class of Assessment: 2A

Important Dates

Assessment Commenced: 25/5/2020

Case for Assessment Opened for Public Comment: 12/6/2021

Case for Assessment Closed for Public Comment: 26/6/2021

Assessment Completed: 3/8/2021

​​​​​​The Proposal

The West Coast Council propose to construct a leachate wetland treatment system (LWTS) to improve leachate management at its Zeehan landfill. West Coast Council is preparing to extend landfilling into three new cells to extend the life of the landfill as part of the existing approved operation. The proposed LWTS (which sits outside the currently approved area for landfill activities) would treat leachate from the landfill cells as they flow vertically and horizontally through two wetland ponds. The treatment involves a number of processes including using local native plant species to remove nutrients. The system is designed to account for a range of flow conditions.  ​

The proponent lodged a Development Application (DA2021/13) with a supporting Environmental Effects Report (EER) to West Coast Council which was advertised on 13 March 2021. 

The Development Application was re-advertised on 12 June 2021 because of a change to the location of one of the scheme components (a sediment pond).  

The application was referred to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority (the Board) for assessment under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).

Public Exhibition of Documentation and Public Representations

A copy of the permit application and all plans and other documentation submitted with the permit application (including the updated EER) were available for public inspection from Saturday 12 June 2021 to Saturday 26 June 2021.

Environmental Effects Report

The purpose of the EER is to provide a source of information upon which interested individuals, groups, government agencies and the Board may consider the environmental impacts of the proposal.

The EER was prepared by the proponent on the basis of the project-specific guidelines for the preparation of an EER which were provided by the Board.

  West Coast Council, Zeehan Landfill Wetlands, Extension - EER   (88Mb) - Updated May 2021

Environmental Assessment Report and EPA Decision​​

​The environmental assessment report has now been completed and can be viewed below. The report contained the permit conditions required by the Board to be included in the land use permit, if a permit is granted, by Council.


 West Coast Council, Zeehan Landfill Wetlands, Extension - EAR (PDF 2Mb)