No time to waste for plant

Rivers Regional Council (RRC) represents Gosnells, Armadale, Serpentine Jarrahdale, South Perth, Mandurah, Murray and Waroona councils.

Chairman Ron Hoffman told the Comment News the Cardup landfill site used by the City of Gosnells would be filled within three years. He said the RRC had spent years preparing to build an alternative waste treatment facility, in line with other regional councils.

He said Mindarie’s had its own facility, southern suburbs had Canning Vale’s Regional Resource Recovery Centre, western suburbs were building a facility and eastern suburbs had prepared a tender.

Use of recycling, composting and waste-to-energy technologies between centres varied greatly.

At its last meeting, the RRC decided to finalise the tender to build the plant on an as-yet-unknown site, which Mr Hoffman hoped would be out by August 10.

It will be open for two to three months and awarded by the end of 2013.

Mr Hoffman said the tender would not be affected by any council amalgamations that might occur because of the Robson Review of local government, which made many recommendations on waste treatment.

Mr Hoffman is chairman of the Forum of Regional Councils, which recommended to Local Government Minister Tony Simpson that Perth regional councils be reduced from five to three as part of the amalgamation process.

‘I also recommended that all local governments be part of a regional council, with no opt-out provision,’ he said.