The Regional Renewable Organics Network at Black Rock

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We want to engage with interested community members on our plan for a Regional Renewable Organics Network at the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant in Connewarre.

This will be an opportunity to tell us what is important to you and what needs to be considered as this project progresses, and to be part of an ongoing information-sharing forum.

The Regional Renewable Organics Network will be able to take local commercial, industrial and household food and garden waste - known as 'organic waste' - and convert it safely into nutrient-rich products that improve soil for agricultural uses and capture carbon in the ground, as well as clean, green energy.

We are working with local councils - the Borough of Queenscliffe, Colac Otway Shire, City of Greater Geelong, Golden Plains Shire, Surf Coast Shire and the neighbouring Wyndham City Council - to explore opportunities for processing food and garden waste from households across the region.

Watch the video and read our FAQs to find out more about the project, how it works, what it will look like and where we are proposing to locate it:



Why the Regional Renewable Organics Network?

About a third of the waste that ends up in our household bin is food.

When it ends up in landfill, it wastes a potential resource and generates greenhouse gases.

Barwon Water has drawn on its 110-year knowledge and expertise in managing water and wastewater to partner with local councils to find a solution to our waste problem by safely transforming food and garden waste into valuable resources.

Project benefits

  • Processes 40,000 tonnes of our region's organic waste each year, concentrating it into 8,000 tonnes of high value, nutrient rich soil enhancers to support local agriculture.
  • Reduces the region’s emissions by between 10,000 to 15,000 total carbon emissions per year, the equivalent of taking more than 4,000 cars off the road.
  • Saves energy costs, keeping water bills affordable for our customers
  • Provides a local, long-term and lower financial and environmental cost waste solution for councils
  • Generates 2.5 gigawatt hours of electricity, enough to power 14% of Black Rock’s energy needs or the equivalent of 500 homes
  • Creates 75 construction jobs and 36 ongoing jobs
  • Leads the way in our region’s transition to a circular economy, where materials are continually reused and recycled to increase their life span and reduce waste.


Get involved!

We are in the early stages of planning and talking to our community about the Regional Renewable Organics Network to inform the next stages of the project, including a functional design and technical assessments.

The technical assessments will provide more information about how Barwon Water will meet EPA requirements and address considerations such as traffic, noise and odour.

We are committed to listening to and learning from our community. We want to hear your feedback about what is important to you and what needs to be considered as the project progresses.

There are some aspects of our proposal we can’t change, such as the important strategic location of Black Rock for the Regional Renewable Organics Network facility, its general footprint and some of technology we would use.

We will do our best to take all feedback into consideration, and provide an ongoing forum to share information along the way.

You can share your feedback by:

Given the uncertainty about Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to offer visits to the proposed site at Black Rock, but we hope to offer tours in 2022 to show you around the area.

We are seeking community feedback until 26 November 2021.

Remember to subscribe to project updates so we can keep you updated along the way.

We want to engage with interested community members on our plan for a Regional Renewable Organics Network at the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant in Connewarre.

This will be an opportunity to tell us what is important to you and what needs to be considered as this project progresses, and to be part of an ongoing information-sharing forum.

The Regional Renewable Organics Network will be able to take local commercial, industrial and household food and garden waste - known as 'organic waste' - and convert it safely into nutrient-rich products that improve soil for agricultural uses and capture carbon in the ground, as well as clean, green energy.

We are working with local councils - the Borough of Queenscliffe, Colac Otway Shire, City of Greater Geelong, Golden Plains Shire, Surf Coast Shire and the neighbouring Wyndham City Council - to explore opportunities for processing food and garden waste from households across the region.

Watch the video and read our FAQs to find out more about the project, how it works, what it will look like and where we are proposing to locate it:



Why the Regional Renewable Organics Network?

About a third of the waste that ends up in our household bin is food.

When it ends up in landfill, it wastes a potential resource and generates greenhouse gases.

Barwon Water has drawn on its 110-year knowledge and expertise in managing water and wastewater to partner with local councils to find a solution to our waste problem by safely transforming food and garden waste into valuable resources.

Project benefits

  • Processes 40,000 tonnes of our region's organic waste each year, concentrating it into 8,000 tonnes of high value, nutrient rich soil enhancers to support local agriculture.
  • Reduces the region’s emissions by between 10,000 to 15,000 total carbon emissions per year, the equivalent of taking more than 4,000 cars off the road.
  • Saves energy costs, keeping water bills affordable for our customers
  • Provides a local, long-term and lower financial and environmental cost waste solution for councils
  • Generates 2.5 gigawatt hours of electricity, enough to power 14% of Black Rock’s energy needs or the equivalent of 500 homes
  • Creates 75 construction jobs and 36 ongoing jobs
  • Leads the way in our region’s transition to a circular economy, where materials are continually reused and recycled to increase their life span and reduce waste.


Get involved!

We are in the early stages of planning and talking to our community about the Regional Renewable Organics Network to inform the next stages of the project, including a functional design and technical assessments.

The technical assessments will provide more information about how Barwon Water will meet EPA requirements and address considerations such as traffic, noise and odour.

We are committed to listening to and learning from our community. We want to hear your feedback about what is important to you and what needs to be considered as the project progresses.

There are some aspects of our proposal we can’t change, such as the important strategic location of Black Rock for the Regional Renewable Organics Network facility, its general footprint and some of technology we would use.

We will do our best to take all feedback into consideration, and provide an ongoing forum to share information along the way.

You can share your feedback by:

Given the uncertainty about Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to offer visits to the proposed site at Black Rock, but we hope to offer tours in 2022 to show you around the area.

We are seeking community feedback until 26 November 2021.

Remember to subscribe to project updates so we can keep you updated along the way.

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