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Environment Protection Authority

Mangrove Mountain Landfill

The Mangrove Mountain landfill is located adjacent to the Mangrove Mountain Memorial Golf Course in Central Mangrove, NSW. The landfill initially operated under a development consent issued in 1998 by the then-Gosford City Council (now Central Coast Council), and also holds an environment protection licence to receive non-putrescible waste such as building and demolition waste.

In 2014, the Land and Environment Court of NSW made orders that provided for altered use of the site and some remedial actions. Since that time the site’s operator Verde Terra Pty Ltd has been refining the plans for the altered operation, and the site has not received any waste since May 2014.

Following concerns being raised by local community group the Mountain Districts Association about pollution risks from historical and proposed operations at the site, the EPA - in consultation with the Mountain Districts Association - appointed SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd in September 2016 to independently assess the proposal to recommence operations.

SLR’s independent specialist met Mountain Districts Association representatives a number of times during the review to ensure their concerns were addressed. The EPA appreciates the significant time and effort contributed by the MDA.

SLR’s report has now been finalised and is available online (PDF 1.5MB).

This independent assessment found no evidence the landfill is affecting ground or surface water quality, which confirms the assessment of water quality tests in surrounding creeks that the EPA and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage have done previously, along with groundwater monitoring undertaken by Verde Terra’s consultants.

However, the EPA has taken on board the recommendations for additional measures for the ongoing safe operation of the landfill site, and is committed to ensuring Verde Terra adopts them. The EPA will also continue to consult and work closely with the Mountain Districts Association to address ongoing community concerns over the storage of muddy stormwater at the site since it ceased operation, and the historically landfilled waste.

The EPA will also continue to work closely with Central Coast Council to ensure the site is managed in line with all environmental requirements, including the environment protection licence and EPA’s Solid Waste Landfill Guidelines (2016), and ensure that human health and the local environment remains protected.

For more information

Community members can raise concerns and report pollution to the EPA's Environment line 24/7 by calling: 131 555 or visiting ask.epa.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 07 July 2017