Woodlawn Eco Precinct

Woodlawn Eco Precinct

The Woodlawn Eco Precinct is Veolia’s 6,000ha site located approximately 50km north of Canberra and comprises several facilities, including:

  • Bioreactor landfill - a municipal solid waste landfill in which liquids are added to help bacteria break down the waste, actively capturing and extracting gas to recover energy. To date, 8.5 million tonnes of waste have been safely processed
  • BioEnergy plant -  recovering clean energy generated by the waste in the Bioreactor. 
  • Agriculture - incorporating a working farm that applies nutrient and grazing rotation to help sustainably manage the site.
  • Aquaculture and horticulture -  capturing waste heat from energy production and using it for sustainable fish farming and hydroponic horticulture. 3600 kg of fish are produced annually and sold to the Canberra restaurant market
  • Mechanical and Biological Treatment - (MBT) extracting organic content from the waste to produce compost for environmental rehabilitation. 
  • Wind Farm - (operated by Infigen Energy) that harnesses 48.3 megawatts of clean energy per year.
  • Solar Farm-  utilising increased sun exposure from cleared land to produce 2.5 megawatts of clean energy per year.

Provide feedback to the Community Liaison Committee

The Woodlawn Community Liaison Committee (CLC) is a voluntary group of representatives who work to ensure the views and values of their community members are being taken into consideration for the operations at the Woodlawn Eco Precinct. The group meets once a quarter at the Precinct to listen to operational updates and share feedback from the community for Veolia to take into consideration. 

We value community participation, and are always looking for ways to improve our involvement with local residents. If you have a question or feedback you'd like to be raised at the next CLC meeting, please fill out this form

Contact our team

To provide feedback or talk to a member of the team please call 1800 241 750 during business hours, or 0427 319 881 after hours. You can also email us at [email protected] or complete the feedback form below. 

 

Veolia takes environmental compliance extremely seriously and works closely with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to resolve any matters that arise. You can read more about this on the EPA's website here.

CLC Charter & Meeting Minutes

Community Liaison Committee presentations & updates

  1. 2024 March Woodlawn Monthly Newsletter
  2. 2024 February Woodlawn Eco Precinct CLC Questions
  3. 2024 February CLC Presentation
  4. 2023 8 November Woodlawn Eco Precinct CLC Questions
  5. 2023 November CLC Presentation
  6. 2022 Community Liaison Committee Charter
  7. 2021 18 March Future waste to Woodlawn Briefing 
  8. 2021 March CLC Presentation 

Community Liaison Committee meeting minutes

  1. 2024 May Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  2. 2024 February Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  3. 2023 August Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  4. 2023 April Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  5. 2022 September Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  6. 2022 June Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  7. 2022 March Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  8. 2021 December Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  9. 2021 September Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  10. 2021 June Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  11. 2021 March Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  12. 2021 18 March Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  13. 2020 November Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  14. 2020 August Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  15. 2020 June: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  16. 2020 Feb: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  17. 2019 June: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  18. 2018 May: Community Liaison Meeting Minutes
  19. 2018 February: Community Liaison Meeting Minutes
  20. 2017 November: Community Liaison Meeting Minutes
  21. 2017 August: Community Liaison Meeting Minutes 
  22. 2017 May: Community Liaison Meeting Minutes
  23. 2017 February: Community Liaison Meeting Minutes
  24. 2016 September: Community Liaison Meeting Minutes
  25. ​2016 April: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  26. 2015 December: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes
  27.    2015 September: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes 
  28.    2015 March: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes 
  29.    2015 January: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes 
  30.    2014 September: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes 
  31.    2014 June: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes 
  32.    2014 March: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes 
  33.    2013 December: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes 
  34.    2013 September: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes 
  35.    2013 June: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes 
  36.    2013 March: Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes 

Woodlawn Complaints Registers

2024

  1. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 13th June 2024
  2. Woodlawn Eco-Precint Complaints Register 6th June 2024 
  3. Woodlawn Eco-Precint Complaints Register 30th May 2024
  4. Woodlawn Eco-Precint Complaints Register 23rd May 2024
  5. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 16th May 2024
  6. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 2nd May 2024
  7. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 24th April 2024
  8. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 18th April 2024
  9. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 11th April 2024
  10. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register  4th April 2024
  11. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 28 March 2024
  12. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 21 March 2024
  13. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 12 March 2024
  14. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 4 March 2024
  15. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 26 February 2024
  16. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 12 February 2024
  17. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 8 February 2024
  18. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 31 January 2024
  19. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 17 January 2024
  20. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 4 January 2024

2023

  1. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 19 December 2023
  2. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 13 December 2023
  3. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 4 December 2023
  4. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 20 November 2023
  5. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 13 November 2023
  6. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 23 October 2023
  7. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 16 October 2023
  8. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 6 October 2023
  9. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 29 September 2023
  10. Woodlawn Eco-precinct Complaints Register 25 September 2023
  11. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 12 September 2023
  12. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 30 August 2023
  13. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 23 August 2023
  14. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 16 August 2023
  15. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 2 August 2023
  16. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 26 July 2023
  17. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 20 July 2023 
  18. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 5 July 2023 
  19. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 30 June 2023
  20. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register 21 June 2023
  21. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register 14 June 2023
  22. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register May 2023
  23. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register May 2023
  24. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register May 2023
  25. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register May 2023
  26. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register April 2023
  27. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register April 2023
  28. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register April 2023
  29. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register April 2023
  30. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register March 2023
  31. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register March 2023
  32. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register March 2023
  33. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register February 2023
  34. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register January 2023

2022

  1. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register December 2022
  2. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register December 2022
  3. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register November 2022
  4. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register November 2022
  5. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register October 2022
  6. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register September 2022
  7. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register September 2022
  8. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register August 2022
  9. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register August 2022
  10. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register August 2022
  11. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register August 2022
  12. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register July 2022
  13. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register July 2022
  14. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register July 2022
  15. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register July 2022
  16. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register July 2022
  17. Woodlawn Eco -Precinct Complaints Register June 2022
  18. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register May 2022
  19. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register April 
  20. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register Feb - Mar
  21. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register February 2022
  22. Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Complaints Register January 2022

H2S Monitoring

As part of our commitment to the community and New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA), Veolia has established an ambient air quality monitoring surveillance system designed to provide real-time feedback on the presence of hydrogen sulphide (H2S).  H2S is a colourless but odorous gas (with a rotten egg-like smell) that would be readily detectable by the majority of the Australian population at very low concentration levels.  To understand how good the human nose is at detecting H2S, Veolia received advice from a leading odour consulting company that indicated that the lowest detection threshold on record in Australia has been as low as 3 parts per billion (ppm) or 0.003 parts per million (ppm).  With this in mind, it is important to understand that many sources can release H2S, which can include human-made (anthropogenic) or natural (from the environment).  It is interesting to note that the human body is also a regular contributor of H2S release in the environment and that it is an essential material in many industrial processes.

 

To provide the community with feedback on the ambient H2S levels in the local area, Veolia has installed multiple AcrulogTM units to regularly monitor the presence and concentration levels.  The Acrulog units are sourced from an Australian company that specialises in portable wireless environmental gas data loggers.  The Acrulog units set up in the local community are highly specialised instruments designed to specifically target and measure H2S within a measurement range of 0-2,000 ppb or 0-2 ppm.  The effectiveness of these units at targeting H2S at this very low range has meant that it is regularly adopted by government authorities, consultants, and private industries as an environmental management tool. 

 

To obtain a better understanding as to how low these concentration levels are in practice, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) indicates that the time-weighted average (TWA) over 8 hours (that is, the average time an individual will spend at work) for H2S in an occupational setting is 10,000 ppb or 10 ppm.  This is 3,334 times above the lowest detection limit by the human nose of an average person in Australia (3 ppb or 0.003 ppm).  By comparison, the short-term exposure limit (STEL) the acceptable concentration level of H2S exposure in an occupational setting for 15 minutes - is 15,000 ppb or 15 ppm.  In other words, your nose is very good at picking up H2S at very low levels and well below the accepted limits published NIOSH.  Based on these accepted limits and the current state of knowledge, any H2S levels reported below the NIOSH values are not expected to result in a dose-response relationship that can lead to a physical human health impact risk – that is, values below these limits would be considered a safe place to work in an occupational setting.  With this in mind, the installed Acrulog units can detect H2S levels that are significantly below the safe work limits established by NIOSH, making them highly-sensitive instruments.

 

Given that there are many human-made and natural sources of H2S (such as vehicle transport, decaying vegetative matter, septic tanks, sewage, and aged garbage), a positive detection and concentration reading from the Acrulog units does not necessarily mean that our operations at the Woodlawn Eco-Precinct are the source.  To establish this connection, Veolia would require additional data, contextualisation, and the investigation and guidance of experts to establish such a connection.  Therefore, the feedback provided by the Acrulog units should be regarded as a tool to create an enhanced level of community awareness of H2S levels in the local area.  Veolia hopes this real-time ambient air quality monitoring surveillance system feedback page for H2S is beneficial to the community.

 

Locations

Veolia Eco-Precinct (Point 9)

Tarago Recreation Area (Point 71)

Tarago Showground (Point 72)

NOTE: Please be advised of the following matters related to the monitoring network:

* Be advised that H2S reported results of 0 refers to a potential reading below the limit of reporting, which means below the detectable level of 3ppb.

* In order for live data from our monitoring network to be accessed, an integration method is used which changes the data from digital to analogue back to digital in order for it to be transferred. As a result it is expected that the results will often be reported as decimals. 

 

Other Reports

For other reports relating to the Woodlawn Bioreactor, please refer to our reports page

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Contact Details

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For media and press enquiries contact: 
Valeria Cheglov, Head of Communications and Public Policy [email protected]