Bunbury Harvey Regional Council

Bunbury Harvey Regional Council - Proposed Water Use Survey and Groundwater Sampling

The Bunbury Harvey Regional Council (BHRC) is a statutory local government authority that manages waste for the City of Bunbury and the Shire of Harvey.

Historically, the facility was a sand extraction site and subsequently has operated as a waste management facility since 1990, managing residential and commercial waste.

The site has recently been classified as Contaminated – Remediation Required (CRR) under the Contaminated Sites Act following information submitted to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) in August.

BHRC is currently undertaking environmental investigations associated with its operations at the Stanley Road Waste Management Facility and beyond the site.

BHRC has engaged qualified environmental consultants, Cardno to undertake a water use survey and groundwater sampling program, commencing in October 2021, in the residential area immediately to the west of the facility, in the Shire of Harvey.

The proposed sampling of residential bore water is a proactive approach, which will provide important data and assess the groundwater quality in the area.

For further information on the program, please refer to https://bhrc.wa.gov.au/ground-water-investigation/

Ongoing site remediation

As part of the ongoing operation of the Stanley Road site, BHRC is moving away from unlined cells and implementing a number of other changes to minimise environmental impacts into the future, including:

• installation of a flare to reduce landfill gas emissions;

• capping and rehabilitation of the existing landfill cells;

• development of new lined landfill cells to minimise impacts on the environment; and

• development of a compost facility.

For media and general enquiries about the program, please contact Bunbury Harvey Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Peter Keane on pkeane@bhrc.wa.gov.au ​ or (08) 9797 2404.​ ​