About Us

Media coverage and campaign 
material from Werribee Residents 
Against Toxic Dump campaign, 1999

WRATD information click here

In 1999 Western Region Environment Centre was established following the successful campaign to prevent a toxic waste dump being established in Werribee. For more about the campaign you might like to read this book No Toxic Dump!: A Triumph for Grassroots Democracy and Environmental Justice by Paul Strangio. Published 2001. 

Following the campaign to prevent the toxic waste dump WREC was granted a position on the Government’s Hazardous Waste Advisory Committee. This was the beginning of many years of ongoing campaigns and initiatives to support the environment, particularly around waste management.

An office was established in Synnot Street, Werribee in 1999 and the organisation was incorporated in 2001.

Policy and advocacy work

Protest at Point Cook Town Centre for the protection of 
Point Cooks Green Wedge, 2010
  • Substantial role in developing an improved toxic waste landfill policy for Victoria. More info here
  • Assisted in the launch of the Green Wedge Coalition
  • Supported the Blue Wedge and opposed the channel dredging process
  • Harry van Moorst presented at several conferences and symposia concerning landfill, waste management alternatives and climate change
  • Appeared on behalf of Bulla residents at their VCAT hearing in opposition to the extension of Bulla tip
  • Presented submission on behalf of Point Cook residents opposing further housing development of the Point Cook Green Wedge
  • Met with Government ministerial advisers and MPs concerning waste management issues
  • Membership of EPA’s Community Reference Group (CRG), Wyndham Landfill CRG and Tullamarine Landfill CRG
  • Support to the ongoing campaing on Tullamarine’s Toxic Dump in partnership with Terminate Tulla Toxic Dump Action Group Inc.

Education work

WREC volunteers hand out water saving devices, 2007
  • Established a Ecological Footprint programme involving schools and community
  • Growing your own foods as part of Shoestring Gardening
  • Sustainable Gardening project
  • Soft Plastic Recycling as part of a LitterWatch project


Electric vehicle display at a Sustainability Expo in 2011

New developments

Shoestring Gardening event at the Eco-Living Centre

Campaigns and partnerships

Protests outside Wyndham Civic Centre in 2012