An about $3.5 million contract has been awarded for the next stage of Cosgrove 3 landfill construction.
Greater Shepparton City Council last month accepted a tender for construction of Cosgrove 3 cell 1, leachate ponds and clay pit rehabilitation.
The works include construction of a stormwater pond and rehabilitation of the Cosgrove Clay Borrow Pits.
Background to last month’s council meeting read that a re-evaluation of the annual rate of airspace take-up at Cosgrove 2 indicated a need for the works under the contract to be deferred for a short period.
A two-stage procurement process for the contract had been recommended.
Speaking about the motion to award the contract, Cr Fern Summer commented how fortuitous the city was to have a landfill and conceded they were expensive facilities.
She stressed the need for cities to move away from ‘‘putting waste in the ground’’ and the importance of diversion, ‘‘so one day we might not need landfills’’.
The council was contacted for an update on the Cosgrove 3 landfill but none was received by the time the News went to print.
In March last year, the council said once Cosgrove 2 landfill was capped, the council would work to restore its surrounding landscape to as close as possible to how it looked prior to becoming a tip.
At the time it had estimated the under-construction Cosgrove 3 would be used by mid this year, but the life of its predecessor was being extended by initiatives such as the council’s organic waste program.
A project page on the council’s website said it had begun construction of the Cosgrove 3 Landfill site in February last year and that it would be developed as a regional landfill hub to cater for the city and other municipalities for the next 30 to 40 years.
A timelines update on the same page reads that March to mid to late 2018 would involve the Cosgrove Infrastructure stage of construction, with operations starting in ‘‘mid to late 2018 to 2064.