Remediation of former landfill, Astra Street Shortland
We have commenced environmental remediation work at a former landfill in Shortland to maintain the local protected environment, safeguard the water quality of surrounding wetlands and aquatic ecosystems, increase biodiversity, and promote long-term native plant growth.
The work will improve capping and drainage through the delivery of new clay capping, in accordance with environmental requirements. This involves regrading (smoothing out) areas of the site and covering over the former landfill area with a layer of new, clean soil to protect the surrounding area. We will also do planting and landscaping in the area, and reinstate access roads.
Where is the site?
The former Astra Street Landfill operated as a landfill from 1974 to 1995. It is located at 2 Astra Street, Shortland. The land is owned by City of Newcastle, and the eastern portion of the subject site is leased to Newcastle Golf Practice Centre. Newcastle Golf Practice Centre consists of an office/clubhouse building, covered golf tee off area, golf driving area and car park area.
What is City of Newcastle doing to protect the environment and community?
On 24 May 2022, we awarded a tender to cap and reshape the landfill which will improve drainage and help with the long-term environmental management of the site. This will reduce the amount of water entering the landfill and moving into adjacent waterways. This will also help to minimise the escape of landfill gas, which is typically found at sites of this nature.
Work is expected to be completed by mid-2024.
What will happen to the site after it is remediated?
Investigations and engagement on future use of the site may be undertaken at a future date.