What is market sounding?

The market sounding process makes up a core part of the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group’s (GVWRRG) draft Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan (implementation plan). The implementation plan is required by legislation to articulate how the waste and resource recovery needs of the region will be met over the next 10 years.

The market sounding is the key means in which the GVWRRG will facilitate the development of infrastructure options which will:

  • encourage growth in the resource recovery industry
  • safely and effectively manage projected waste tonnages
  • provide infrastructure that satisfies public and environment health expectations

What is its purpose?

The market sounding process plays a specific role in the development of the schedule of waste and resource recovery infrastructure for the Goulburn Valley region.  A schedule of existing and required infrastructure (including both landfills and resource recovery facilities) forms a key component of the implementation plan. The purpose of scheduling both landfill and resource recovery infrastructure is to:

  • enable integrated planning for waste management across the region
  • support infrastructure decisions that prioritize resource recovery over landfill (where viable)

In undertaking the market sounding process GVWRRG seeks to address the region’s needs and priorities by gaining an understanding of:

  • the waste sector’s proposed future capacity and the infrastructure it intends to invest in
  • the status of proposals put forward by industry respondents (e.g. in development or approval stage) to aid in identifying options for listing in the infrastructure schedule and to inform future procurements
  • industry‘s perceived challenges and constraints to expanding the recovery of materials from existing operations and sites
  • capacity gaps to assist industry to identify future waste and resource recovery infrastructure needs and opportunities

GVWRRG has determined that they have sufficient landfill airspace for the next 10 years and will therefore not be undertaking an exercise to seek landfill solutions from the market.

Who is this for?

This market sounding process is targeted at the following respondents:

  • Current infrastructure
    • owners and operators of existing resource recovery infrastructure that has not been identified in the existing GVWRRG infrastructure list
  • New or expanding resource recovery infrastructure
    • owners and operators of existing resource recovery infrastructure who are proposing to change or expand operations in order to recover more material or increase processing capacity activities in the next 10 years
    • respondents with proposals to develop new resource recovery infrastructure in the Goulburn Valley over the next 10 years.

Why participate?

Making a submission as part of the market sounding process signals to GVWRRG an organisation’s intentions about the role they want to play in the Goulburn Valley waste and resource recovery market.

Through participating in the market sounding, organisations will have the opportunity to:

  • help guide government planning
  • be part of the solution for a sustainable and viable waste and resource recovery industry.

Other important considerations

  • The market sounding process will directly contribute to the development of the implementation plan and schedule. To be considered for inclusion on the schedule, any new and/or expanded infrastructure must be submitted as part of this process.
  • Victorian legislation requires landfills to be on the schedule in order to be considered for a works approval by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
  • While the prerequisite to be on the schedule for consideration of approvals does not extend to resource recovery infrastructure, the EPA may refuse to consider an application for a works approval or an application for the issue or amendment of a license in relation to a waste management facility if the operations of the facility could be inconsistent with the state infrastructure plan or a relevant regional implementation plan (EP Act s.50C(2)).

Other advantages

  • Infrastructure included on the schedule signals to local government, other planning authorities and the community that the infrastructure is important to the integration and effective operation of the overall waste and resource recovery network.
  • The EP Act prescribes that a council must perform its waste management functions consistently with the regional implementation plans applying to the council’s municipal district (s.50BH).
  • The Victorian Planning Provisions require decision makers to consider the needs of waste management and resource recovery in land use planning decisions.

What are the timelines?

  • 30th October 2015:  Opening of market sounding process.
  • 23rd November 2015:  Closure of Q&A process for proponents
  • 2pm 27th November 2015: Closure of market sounding process
  • 27th November 2015: All proponents advised of receipt of submission
  • 4th December 2015:  Email of clarification questions to proponents (if required)
  • March – April 2016: Public consultation of draft infrastructure schedules and draft implementation plan


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