Nambour Landfill Expansion Project
  • Last updated:
  • 20 Feb 2019

Construction of landfill cell 5.3 has been completed and is now operational. This project is separate to council's current development application to further expand the Nambour Landfill onto Lot 4 RP803104.

As the Sunshine Coast continues to prepare for increased population growth over the coming years, council has commenced the public notification requirements under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 on a development application (Application No. MCU17/0142 and MCU17/0142.1) for Preliminary Approval and Develpment Permit to expand the existing Nambour landfill.



Council is expanding the Nambour waste management facility due to a lack of landfill space and increased demand from the region's growing population numbers. The total expansion will provide an extra 1.2 million cubic metres of landfill space to meet the needs of the community, both now and into the future. Stage 2 of the expansion will be constructed by mid-2015.

Project scope

The Nambour Landfill is located on Cooney Road off the Bruce Highway.

The expansion project involves construction of a landfill cell in 3 stages (see site plan). Stage 1 (Cell 5.1) was completed in May 2013 and is now used for waste placement.

Cell 5.2 is being constructed by mid-2015. Works include constructing the landfill liner, or containment infrastructure, and the stormwater, groundwater and leachate management systems.

Construction on Cell 5.3 will begin in mid-2016 and will complete the project.

Where to from here

Construction of Cell 5.2 will begin in early 2015. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2015 (weather dependent). Works will occur from 6.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday. There may be a small amount of traffic on Cooney Road during this time.

Constructing these new cells provides landfill space from 2015 through to at least 2022.

Note: The restricted access conditions put in place in 2010 at the Nambour Resource Recovery Centre will continue for now.


Cell 5.2 is currently being constructed and will be a completely sealed place for disposal of household waste for the next 7 to 10 years. This project is essential to meet the needs of our growing community, and is one of several projects council is undertaking as part of its waste management plan for the region.


Reducing waste is important for council to achieve its goal for the Sunshine Coast to become Australia's most sustainable region.

The average household on the coast produces over 700kg of wheelie bin waste per year, and two thirs of this is recyclable. However, the average household currently only recycles 30%. Council aims to improve this to 70% through awareness, reuse, and recycling and is also investigating other waste treatements.

Expansion of the Nambour landfill is one of several extensions and upgrades across the region.

The expansion and upgrades of the Sunshine Coast's landfill sites and resource recovery centres is consistent with 'best practice', and includes multi-layered containment systems, contaminated water collection and disposal, and gas capture and utilisation.

While Council is committed to investigating and trialling opportunities to reduce using landfill in the future, the current alternatives for disposing of non-recycled waste are too costly, and their success has yet to be proven in Australia.

This year, council will release the new Sunshine Coast Waste Strategy, which will focus on waste management for the region over the next 10 years. This plan includes goals to help secure the most sustainable waste disposal option for the Sunshne Coast, and was out for public comment.

More information


For more information, please contact the Nambour Landfill Expansion project manager via council's customer service centre.