Changes coming for Seymour Resource Recovery Centre
The Seymour Resource Recovery Centre (on the site of the old closed Seymour ‘tip’ on Hume and Hovell Road) will close from Monday 16 July and will re-open at a temporary site at the Mitchell Landfill in Hilldene (on the Seymour-Tooborac Road) from 23 July, while plans for a new permanent centre are developed.
The temporary centre will provide the full range of waste and resource recovery services. However, due to smaller capacity at the temporary Hilldene site, it will only operate on Mondays from 10am to 3pm and Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.The Broadford Resource Recovery Centre will open for three extra days from 16 July onwards, opening from 12pm to 4pm from Tuesday to Sunday.The Victorian Government also this week announced $500,000 towards a new permanent centre at Hilldene, which will help provide an exciting new facility that could include a range of recycling services and possibly a waste education centre.Council hopes the new centre will be operating by 2020, with the temporary centre and extended days at Broadford in place until then. Drop-in sessions to gather ideas for the new permanent centre will be held on 19 and 21 July at Chittick Park Community Place.Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson thanked the community for their patience while plans for the new permanent centre are developed.“The Hume and Hovell site needs to close so we can undertake landfill rehabilitation of the old tip site as part of the legal requirements for operating the former landfill there,” Cr Sanderson said.“We’ve been working very hard behind the scenes to secure an alternative site so people from Seymour and surrounds can still access this important service while plans for a permanent centre are developed.“Unfortunately, this means we’ve had to reduce days and hours at the new temporary Seymour site. We understand this will be inconvenient in the short term, however, it does mean people can still access the full range of services until the new permanent site is operational.“We’ve also added three extra days at Broadford to help a little as well. It’s a little bit further to travel, but if people can’t get to the Seymour site on the Monday or Saturday, they still have options.”Cr Sanderson encouraged the community to share their ideas for the new permanent centre at the upcoming drop-in sessions.“At the same time, we’re developing plans for an exciting new permanent facility at the Hilldene site,” she said.“The Victorian Government has announced a $500,000 contribution to the new facility through its Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund. This funding will help us deliver an innovative facility for the region and I’d like to thank Upper House Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes MP for supporting our application.”Cr Sanderson said it was an exciting time to be looking at creating a new facility.“There are so many exciting things happening in recycling and resource recovery sector at the moment,” she said.“By working in partnership with the Victorian Government to secure this funding we hope to be a key player in this space so our community can benefit with increased local jobs, better environmental outcomes and less waste ending up in landfill.“This is an opportunity for our community to let us know what sort of services they would like to access at the new permanent centre and what ideas they might have to encourage more recycling and innovative waste management and education throughout our shire.”Drop-in sessions will be held at Chittick Park Community Place from 4.30pm to 7pm on Thursday 19 July and from 10am to 1.30pm on Saturday 21 July. All welcome.More information including a survey about the services people would like to see at the new permanent centre is also available at www.engagingmitchellshire.com/seymour-resource-recovery