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A new site for the treatment of green waste in the north of Canberra has been identified south of Holt after the ACT government moved to find a place to replace a facility planned for redevelopment on Parkwood Road. The ACT government wrote to residents this week to advise them on a prior consultation period for applications for the project at a location on Stockdill Drive. “This site provides the opportunity to establish a long-term solution for green waste treatment and could also accommodate the co-location of a landscape utility. The proposed site is located just over 3 kilometers from the existing facility and will provide good access for residents of Belconn and North Canberra,” reads a letter from Bruce Fitzgerald, Director of Infrastructure and Waste Management at Canberra and City Services Directorate. “An important consideration of any site is the requirement that it be located at least 1 mile from residential properties and have appropriate environmental controls in place that this proposed site would provide.” Sir. Fitzgerald wrote that the final location of the site was the subject of further consideration by the ACT government and the outcome of the development application process, which would begin in late February or early March. “In the meantime, the green waste delivery will continue at the current Parkwood Road location until the new facility is operational,” he wrote. A spokeswoman for the ACT government said the proposed location was being explored as a long-term solution for treating green waste in the north of Canberra. Public consultation on the plant’s application phase before development is open until Friday 4 February. Last year, the government granted a postponement to Parkwood Road’s green waste facility, which has been run for decades by Canberra Sand and Gravel, weeks from 6 p.m. its planned closure. The impending closure – which had been planned since 2018 – sparked outrage in the local community as residents said there was no suitable alternative and green waste bins could not handle the amount of material. More than 2,000 people signed an online petition calling for the site to remain open. The site now operates on a month-to-month basis after the ACT government granted a temporary extension of the facility’s license. Canberra Sand and Gravel-powered green waste facilities will eventually have to be relocated so that the former West Belconnen peak can be rehabilitated to make room for development as part of the cross-border Ginninderry project. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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