The objective of this audit was to determine whether landfills
in Victoria are being appropriately regulated, constructed, managed
and rehabilitated so as not to pose an unacceptable risk to the
environment, human health and local amenity.
The audit examined the effectiveness of the Environment
Protection Authority's (EPA) oversight of the management of both
active and closed landfills. It also reviewed how well four
councils—Ballarat City Council, East Gippsland Shire Council, Hume
City Council and Wyndham City Council—complied with their
legislative responsibilities and obligations when managing the
landfills for which they are responsible.
EPA's oversight and councils' management of the highest risks
associated with the generation of gas and contaminated water at
landfills has significantly improved as a result of EPA's reforms,
and councils' efforts to comply with these reforms. This is
particularly evident for landfills and parts of landfills
constructed since 2010.
However, improvement is required to better manage localised
risks to the environment and surrounding community amenity from
both active and closed landfills not designed and constructed to
today’s better practice standards. Both EPA and councils have been
slow to implement key initiatives to address these risks at older
sites. Councils need to improve current operational, rehabilitation
and after-care practices and EPA must more effectively oversee
compliance with these requirements.
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