Boatman Creek (left to right across the center) borders the wetland on its southern side and the former Shortland garbage tip north to the railway line (top). The infill consumed an area of former wetland greater than the surviving Hunter Wetlands. In those days (mid last century) it was considered worthless ‘swampland.’
City of Newcastle will further protect the RAMSAR-listed Hunter Wetlands by improving environmental management of the former Astra Street landfill site in Shortland.
The site operated as a tip from 1974, taking waste from across the Hunter including from the clean-up of the Newcastle Earthquake, before it was closed and capped in 1995.
The City has worked with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to monitor and assess the site and called for contractors to reinforce the 25-year-old capping and improve drainage.
Director Infrastructure and Property, Ken Liddell, said the project would protect the local environment and aid in future management of the 37-hectare site.
City of Newcastle is committed to not only ensuring today’s waste is managed with the environment front-of-mind, but that historic sites like Astra Street at Shortland are not forgotten,” Mr Liddell said.
Environmental management and monitoring standards have come a long way since 1995, which is why we’re investing in upgrades that will protect the local environment well into the future.”
The proposed works start early 2021 and include final capping and reprofiling of the site. Drainage improvements will manage surface water and sediment runoff.
The works intend to maintain the local protected environment, increase and safeguard water quality of surrounding wetlands and aquatic ecosystems, increase biodiversity values, and promote long term native vegetation growth.