City welcomes first step towards renewable organics network

Monday, 8 June 2020

The City of Greater Geelong welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Water, The Hon. Lisa Neville MP, of an innovative partnership between Barwon Water, the City and the other G21 municipalities, to investigate options for a local renewable organics network.

Greater Geelong Council ratified the Memorandum of Understanding with Barwon Water and other partners at its Council meeting on 26 May.

The partnership project will scope options for leveraging existing water and sewerage infrastructure to transform the region’s municipal and trade organic waste into energy and soil fertiliser products, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

The project is a key objective in the City’s Sustainability Framework, which plans to create and maintain a sustainable, thriving environment for our community that can withstand the impacts of climate change.

It is also in line with Victorian Government policy for a circular economy, a concept based on the principles of reducing waste at every stage in a product’s lifecycle – from manufacturing with recycled materials, to repairing rather than discarding, and including recycling for re-use.

The successful development of a local renewable organics network would enable the diversion of organic waste from landfill, the production of renewable energy, the reduction of greenhouse emissions and lower energy costs. It would also create more than 20 jobs and drive economic growth.

The City’s participation in the partnership demonstrates its commitment to responding to the global climate emergency and protecting the natural environment of our region. It is one of several ways in which the City is adopting environmental solutions to minimise impact, foster community wellbeing and operate responsibly. As the region’s largest municipality, the City’s involvement in this project is vital in order to have a high impact in reducing the amount of waste to landfill in the Geelong region.

Mayor Stephanie Asher:

I’m delighted to welcome the Minister’s announcement and to confirm Council’s ratification of the Memorandum of Understanding with Barwon Water and other partners on this innovative project.
The long-term environmental and economic benefits of an organic waste to energy network in the region are extremely significant.

The City’s participation in this partnership illustrates our deep commitment to responding to the global climate emergency. This initiative is a key action in our Sustainability Framework, which for the first time will give our region a blueprint to work together to position our community, environment and economy to meet our sustainability challenges now and in the future.

Tracey Slatter, Managing Director, Barwon Water:

Barwon Water is thrilled to be working with local councils and businesses on this exciting project. It will bring significant benefits to the region and surrounds by supporting regional prosperity and reducing waste and emissions.

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