News Date: 21 Jan 2016
PGM Refiners in South-East Melbourne has launched Australia’s first automated electronic waste processing system today.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Lisa Neville, visited the site today which aims to significantly improve Victoria’s e-waste processing capabilities.
“This Australian-first technology represents a significant advancement in how we process e-waste, demonstrating our commitment to keeping these materials out of landfill,” Neville said.
“This machine will reduce environmental and health impacts by eliminating the need to manually dismantle products, which can be unsafe and labour intensive.”
The Victorian government has invested $470,000 towards the funding, purchase and installation of the machinery.
Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, said she was in support of the processing plant and its ability to help the environment.
“It’s great to see Australian-first innovative recycling technology here in Dandenong, helping the environment and creating job opportunities for local Victorians.”
The technology will be able to process 2500 tonnes of e-waste each year, which can then be used by local manufacturers to create new products.
Major works are underway to rebuild a deteriorated section of the Princes Highway at Heywood, with the upgrade aiming to significantly improve the safety of motorists traveling along the Highway.
Minister for Housing Martin Foley has visited St Kilda’s City Gate Apartments to announce a new redevelopment project that will see the construction of 50 new units.
Funding has been announced that will see two sections of the York Merredin Road east of Perth upgraded in order to improve safety and help address a crash rate more than three times the state average.
The contract for the significant M1 and M3 upgrade between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South has been announced, with early works on the congestion busting project already underway.
The Australian and Victorian governments will soon invest $50 million to make the Great Ocean Road safer and more reliable.