Flagship storm waste facility
Council's flagship storm waste facility near Romsey is a one of a kind facility for processing green waste that was established in partnership with Emergency Recovery Victoria in response to the severe June 2021 storms.
The site has processed more than 65,000 tonnes of tree and storm debris from the Macedon Ranges and other storm-affected areas throughout Victoria, including:
- Supplied ten different Men’s Sheds across six shires with timber for their community projects
- Created kilometres of fencing supplies, as well as retaining wall sleepers, for local residents and primary producers across the worst storm-affected farms and communities
- Milled thousands of stakes for Council tree planting programs, saving thousands of dollars
- Created free firewood for nearly 2,000 residents
- 90 truckloads of root balls to enhance fish breeding habitat within rivers and water systems across 10 different water catchment authorities
- Hundreds of cubic metres of sawdust delivered to local pig farmers
- Processed more than 180,000 cubic metres of mulch, with free mulch available at transfer stations.
The product returned back to impacted communities totals over $35 million in market value so far.
One of the challenges for clean up efforts across Victoria has been the size of trees felled by storms and the machinery required to deal with it.
The Romsey site operates with local crews and specialist machinery, including four Lucas mills, two tub-grinders for mulching, specialised firewood processing machinery, a weighbridge and forestry forwarders.