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The Central Australian remote landill operating manual : for use in communities of the Barkly, MacDonnell and Central Desert Regional Councils



The Central Australian remote landill operating manual : for use in communities of the Barkly, MacDonnell and Central Desert Regional Councils


Cafe, Michael

Issued by

Central Australian Waste Management Working Group


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT




Landfills in the Central Australian region have historically been subject to neglect and legacy issues that affect the efficiency, safety and health of landfill sites. This recognition led to the establishment of the Central Australian Waste Management Program being in 2012. This document is a practical guide intended to assist Council Managers, Works Supervisors and field staff to implement effective change at their landfill sites. The framework outlined in the Manual applies to remote landfills and will assist in long term improvements and functionality that will keep landfills operating well. The Manual helps put in place training for staff and ongoing management principles that will assist Councils in the task of maintaining healthy and well-functioning landfill sites.


This resource consolidates existing waste management resources that have been created by Central Desert, Barkly and MacDonnell Regional Councils. The Manual recognises the LGANT Waste Management Guidelines for Small Communities in the Northern Territory as a key document. This Manual has been produced as part of the Central Australian Waste Management Project 2012/13 funded by NT Department of Health, coordinated by Local Government Association NT and delivered by Central Desert, Barkly and MacDonnell Regional Councils.


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Diagram reference table -- Introduction -- Construction and specifications -- Operation and disposal/recycling -- Staff training - Auditing and reporting -- Regulations and resources -- Work method statements 1-24 -- Forms




Refuse and refuse disposal -- Environmental aspects -- Northern Territory -- Central Australia Region; Refuse disposal facilities -- Northern Territory -- Central Australia Region; Waste disposal

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Local Government Association of the Northern Territory

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121 pages : colour illustrations, colour map ; 30 cm.

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Local Government Association of the Northern Territory



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Central Australian Remote Landfill Operating Manual 75 | P a g e Section 4 Auditing and Reporting 4.1 Landfill Auditing Monitoring a landfill site is as important as introducing changes in infrastructure and practices. A well designed site will deteriorate in a short period of time if not well managed. Regular, formal inspections play a vital role in this management. The inspections can be simple, and regularity is the key. It is important that specific operation and monitoring tasks are assigned to specific staff members. A site that has no inspection regime is at high risk of deterioration Weekly Landfill Inspection Audit The landfill inspection audit identifies and monitors onsite issues. The intended user is the Works Supervisor and/or Landfill Leading Hand assisted by field staff. The audit should be completed once a week as per the Work Method Statement- Landfill Inspection Report, and handed to the SSM or Works Manager. The audit sheets should be in a dual copy carbon A4 book, or completed on electronic tablet device. Monthly Managers Inspection Report The SSM/Manager should undertake a formal monthly audit of the Landfill site. This involves a site visit to make sure that staff are on track with the overall operation of the site. The audit will assist the manager to assess the status of upgrades, plan future works and budgets, and identify gaps in staff training. The manager must lodge the report to their relevant Director. 6 Monthly Directors Report The Directors report is a summary of the progress of operations and capital upgrades, for use by the CEO and Council. The Works Matrix used by Central Australian Regional Councils will capture this information. Diagram 29. Landfill Reporting Pyramid Weekly Inspection Report from Works Supervisor to Manager Monthly Managers Report to Director 6 Monthly Directors Report to CEO

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