What happens next?

The Woodlawn Advanced Energy Recovery Centre has been classified as a State Significant Development. This means there are strict requirements around the planning process and Veolia must make sure local people are given the chance to have their say. An overview of the planning process can be seen below. 

As part of the six week public exhibition period, the community has an opportunity to make a formal submission on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS) to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE).

Following the public exhibition of the EIS, all submissions will be provided to Veolia. Veolia will prepare a response to submissions report, which will be published on the NSW Planning Portal. 

The NSW DPE will review all of the material and prepare a report including its recommendations. This report and other relevant material will be considered by the NSW Government, who will then make a decision about the proposal. 

If the project is approved by the Government for development, construction of the Woodlawn Advanced Energy Recovery Centre is expected to commence in late 2024, and would become operational around 2027.

There will be ongoing consultation and communication with the local community and stakeholders throughout the planning process, ahead of any construction and operation.