The NSW Government has today released the Energy from Waste Infrastructure Plan, providing certainty for communities and investors and creating opportunities for NSW to lead the way in the delivery of world-class alternative energy projects.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the plan provides the Goulburn community with certainty on which projects will and will not proceed.

“Our community has fought long and hard to ensure we get the outcome we want when it comes to energy from waste projects in the Goulburn electorate,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Under the plan, projects can only proceed in the heavy-industrial zoned Southern Goulburn-Mulwaree Precinct. Projects outside of the industrial precinct will not be permitted.

“We welcome the economic and employment benefits that come with these projects but only in appropriate locations where they have good transport connectivity and complimentary industries.

“The plan also requires operators of energy from waste projects to make emissions data available to the community in real time online, to boost community confidence and transparency.”

The Infrastructure Plan builds on the existing Energy from Waste Policy Statement that was informed by advice from the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer and sets the most rigorous air quality and environmental controls for energy from waste projects in the world.

Under the plan, four regional precincts including West Lithgow Precinct,  Parkes Special Activation Precinct, Richmond Valley Regional Jobs Precinct and Southern Goulburn-Mulwaree Precinct have been identified as appropriate locations to manage residual waste.

Some limited exceptions may apply for facilities that use waste as a feedstock to replace certain fuels and where waste is used to power industrial and manufacturing processes on-site.

For more information visit: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/waste/waste-facilities/energy-recovery