Mitchell Shire councillors at the new Seymour Resource Recovery Centre site for a sod turning event. ​

THE benefits of the new Seymour Resource Recovery Centre, RRC were highlighted at a sod turning event for the facility earlier this month.

Reusing resources and resource recovery will be the priority of the upgraded precinct at 470 Seymour Tooborac Road, Hilldene.

The new site, funded by $7.4 million from Mitchell Shire Council and $600,000 from the State Government, allows flexibility in how the centre can be designed and the waste and resource recovery services that will be provided alongside the existing landfill.

It also provides substantial community and truck access with no requirement for trucks to travel through the Seymour township to access the Hume Freeway.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said the project would ensure better practice for resource recovery at Seymour and the surrounding district, and encourage and facilitate greater diversion of waste to landfill and assist in contributing to a circular economy.

He said the facility would support Seymour’s growing population.

“This is an important state-of-the-art facility not only for Seymour but for all of Mitchell Shire. Seymour, like all of Mitchell, is seeing significant population growth. This facility is part of preparing for that growth,” he said.

“It means the waste management needs of our shire can be met while prioritising resource recovery and reuse that will help us build a sustainable future and support a circular economy.”

The new RRC is the first investment to form part of the future Hilldene Employment Precinct.

Pre-planning for the precinct is underway and will seek to provide employment opportunities, address a shortage of industrial land in the area and pave the way for more jobs.

The original Seymour RRC at Hume and Hovell Road, Seymour was established as a temporary facility on the site of the former Seymour landfill.

Due to landfill rehabilitation works in 2018, the former RRC was closed and relocated to a temporary site at the Mitchell landfill.

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