News, Victoria

Cleanaway welcomes high court decision

Cleanaway Waste Management has welcomed the decision of the High Court of Australia to dismiss the special leave application that sought to challenge the legal validity of the works approval to extend  Cleanaway’s Melbourne Regional Landfill in Ravenhall, Victoria (MRL).

In June  2017, the Planning Minister for Victoria issued planning approval for the extension of landfilling operations at MRL until 2046, or such earlier time as the landfill’s capacity is exhausted. This planning approval remains on foot. Both planning and works approvals are required to enable ongoing operations.

The High Court today confirmed the validity of the works  approval, first granted to Cleanaway by the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) in March 2017 and, following a review application, granted by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, in June 2019. Cleanaway has also successfully defended challenges to the decision to grant the works approval in the Victorian Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. The High Court decision today finally resolves this matter, securing critical airspace for managing Melbourne’s  residual waste streams into the future.

“Cleanaway welcomes the High Court decision today, confirming that the Melbourne Regional Landfill can continue to provide an essential waste service for the community well into the future,” said Brendan Gill, chief operating officer of Cleanaway. “Securing the continued long‐term operations at the site supports our Footprint 2025 Strategy. The site is a waste management hub of State importance that provides critical waste management services, including for  residual waste streams that cannot be recycled.”