EPA considers proposal for Meander Valley Council - Increase in Height of Existing Landfill Area - Deloraine Refuse Disposal Site - Tip Road, Deloraine

​​​The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Meander Valley Council for an increase in height of the existing landfill area at the Deloraine Refuse Disposal Site, Tip Road, Deloraine in Meander Valley Council municipality.

The proposal is to increase the height of the existing landfill area by 4 m.  This increase would provide an additional four years of landfill disposal at the Deloraine Refuse Disposal Site (based on filling rates from previous years).  There are no proposed changes to annual quantities or types of waste received.  

The EPA Manager, Environmental Assessments, Helen Mulligan who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, concluded that the proposed development can be managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions. The Board requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the Meander Valley Council.

“Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly water management (leachate and stormwater), odour and dust, and weed, pest and litter management, and how they will be addressed by the conditions to be imposed,” Helen Mulligan said.

Public consultation was open for 14 days from 20 January 2024.  One representation was received in relation to the proposal. The environmental issues raised in the representation related to weed management and rubbish drift.

The proposal was considered by the Board’s delegate in the context of the sustainable development objectives of the Resource Management and Planning System of Tasmania (RMPS), and in the context of the objectives of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control System (EMPCS) established by the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (​​EMPCA).

The functions of the EPA are to administer and enforce the provisions of EMPCA, to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives and, in particular, to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania.

The EPA undertook assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act.

The environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to Meander Valley Council.

This decision and all assessment documents can be viewed at Meander Valley Council, Deloraine Landfill, Tip Road, Deloraine​.

Published on: 15/03/2024