Myor's Message | Sustainability helping to close the loop

The new $5 million asphalt plant in Teralba has begun operations following a range of upgrades that will see it produce thousands of tonnes each year of sustainable road and pavement materials for the Hunter Region and Central Coast.

The plant is now one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in Australia and is equipped to process plastic bags, recycled glass and printer toner that will be used in their Reconophalt road base product. I was able to see first-hand some of the cutting-edge infrastructure that will help make this all happen - it's a fantastic outcome for our region.

It is also great that local organisations, like Downer, share our sustainability goals. In fact, in the past 12 months in Lake Mac, we've seen the introduction of recycled glass sand in council's civil works, a trial of recycled materials in concrete footpaths and now this is the next step in our war on waste.

Our city is fast creating a name for itself in the innovation space and it is wonderful that we are able to attract these businesses to our region. We've been working hard with, Dantia and our other partners, to ensure our city is leading the way with infrastructure and technology investment initiatives that improve the liveability of our City. Congratulations to Downer for investing in new methods and investing in Lake Macquarie to help our whole region close the loop on recycled materials.

Sustainability is an area that council continues to focus on. Programs such as the work on local creeks and inlets to improve the health of the lake, installing solar panels on Council buildings to improve energy efficiency, the introduction of the three-bin service, and the partnership with Landcare are all examples of our passion for improving sustainability across the city.

This weekend will also see the first of many compost giveaways, closing the loop on food and garden waste produced in Lake Macquarie. To participate in the giveaway you must register for a pick up time. Spots are filling up, so for more information visit

We are fortunate to live in an area that has some beautiful natural environments, including our beaches, our parks, bushland and our lake. Improvements to our environmental sustainability now will benefit the whole community in years to come and ensure the next generation can enjoy it just as much as we do.

  • Photo: The Mayor opens the Teralba plant.