Renewable Organics Network

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Barwon Water is partnering with major businesses and local councils on two Renewable Organics Network (RON). These projects will leverage existing water and sewerage infrastructure to reduce the organic waste that currently goes to landfill, create clean renewable energy, reduce costs, generate jobs and drive economic growth in the region.

The Australian-first project is underway in Colac and aims to not only convert organic high-strength commercial and sewerage waste to dispatchable renewable energy but also recycle the waste into value add by-products such as soil enhancers for agricultural purposes.

A regional RON is currently being investigated. We are working with the five councils within the G21 region - City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Colac Otway Shire, Borough of Queenscliffe and Golden Plains Shire – as well as neighbouring Wyndham City Council and major export manufacturers.

The regional RON will be a processing facility that converts organic matter, which could include food organics, garden organics and biosolids into renewable energy, heat, biogas and soil enhancers. This will use anaerobic digestion, a process that relies on microorganisms to breakdown the organic waste (in the absence of oxygen) into products that can be recycled (like compost / soil enhancers).

Find out more about the Colac RON opportunity in the short animation below, or head on over to our information hub for more details on the regional RON.

Information Hub

Want to know more? Check out the information hub to view the fact sheets and other supporting documents.


Community Information Session

Did you miss the Community Information Session? You can now watch it here:

Barwon Water is partnering with major businesses and local councils on two Renewable Organics Network (RON). These projects will leverage existing water and sewerage infrastructure to reduce the organic waste that currently goes to landfill, create clean renewable energy, reduce costs, generate jobs and drive economic growth in the region.

The Australian-first project is underway in Colac and aims to not only convert organic high-strength commercial and sewerage waste to dispatchable renewable energy but also recycle the waste into value add by-products such as soil enhancers for agricultural purposes.

A regional RON is currently being investigated. We are working with the five councils within the G21 region - City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Colac Otway Shire, Borough of Queenscliffe and Golden Plains Shire – as well as neighbouring Wyndham City Council and major export manufacturers.

The regional RON will be a processing facility that converts organic matter, which could include food organics, garden organics and biosolids into renewable energy, heat, biogas and soil enhancers. This will use anaerobic digestion, a process that relies on microorganisms to breakdown the organic waste (in the absence of oxygen) into products that can be recycled (like compost / soil enhancers).

Find out more about the Colac RON opportunity in the short animation below, or head on over to our information hub for more details on the regional RON.

Information Hub

Want to know more? Check out the information hub to view the fact sheets and other supporting documents.


Community Information Session

Did you miss the Community Information Session? You can now watch it here:

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  • Recording - Community Information Session - 15 September 2020

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    A live community information session was held on 15 September 2020.

    The webinar was led by Barwon Water Managing Director Tracey Slatter and General Manager for Infrastructure and Technology Shaun Cumming.

    Representatives from Bulla Dairies, Australian Lamb Company and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning also formed part of the panel.

    This information session provided:

    • an overview of the Renewable Organics Network concept
    • an update of the Colac and Regional projects
    • answers to attendees questions

    You can view the recording here.