Last week I visited the site of the Fursden Road Landfill Remediation Project at Cannon Hill.
The site stopped accepting waste in 1977, but the capping at the time didn't stop rainwater from seeping through the waste and making its way into Bulimba Creek. Water that has passed through the waste is called leachate.
Part of the remediation has involved installation of a leachate drainage system under the landfill. To date we have collected, treated and discharged over 5,000,000 litres of leachate from the site into the sewer system.
Works have now begun on the new clay capping layer. Once completed it will dramatically reduce the amount of water entering the landfill. It will also provide the subsurface the golf course will be built on.
Below you can see some of the landfill before and after the first stage of capping. The contours are the early features of the golf course starting to take shape.
The remediation is expected to be completed in November 2015.