Council is undertaking some improvement works at the Springvalley Reserve in Springvale South.
The former Springvalley Landfill was operated by the South Eastern Regional Waste Management Group between 1993 and 1998. The site is now referred to as Springvalley Reserve consisting of an open space area with path networks and a playground on the site. This site covers an area of 32 hectares and is located off Clarke Road in Springvale South.
Council has completed a ground water collection drain along the southern boundary of the site and is currently working on improvements to the landfill cap.
Future years will see more improvements to the parkland with a focus on tree planting, path networks and furniture.
The works will involve removing cover soils from sections of the reserve and adding additional clay to the clay cap that covers the buried rubbish. This will increase the performance of the existing cap and ensure the site continues to meet Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) requirements.
While the northern end of the Reserve will remain open to the public, sections of Springvalley Reserve are fenced off during construction.
Southern access to the reserve will be closed to the public for the duration of the works.
Council apologises for any inconvenience these temporary changes may cause. They have been made in the interests of community safety due to the large numbers of trucks that will be entering and exiting the site.
Construction works are expected to be completed in winter 2021.
Timelines and next steps
So far the clay capping of the old landfill has been completed and the next steps will be to cover this in topsoil and compost so that the grass can be reestablished before it is opened to the public.
Topsoil and compost is currently being delivered to the site.
Once all these physical works are completed there will be an opportunity to undertake a master plan to identify future improvements to the reserve.