Citywide’s multimillion-dollar redeveloped asphalt plant was officially launched last Wednesday, 20 March, with many of Melbourne’s industry and municipality leaders flocking to the opening.
The Hon. Mark Birrell, Citywide Chairman and Aaron Wood, Councillor for the City of Melbourne welcomed around 50 attendees to the unveiling of the most environmentally sustainable plant of its kind in Australia.
Mr Birrell described the plant as a solution to a problem facing many Australian businesses in today’s climate – facilitating economic growth while reducing carbon emissions. He emphasised the importance of asphalt as a utility that supports the $270 billion Victorian economy.
“There are over 150,000km of bitumen roads across urban Victoria,” he said. “Our low emissions production, Greenpave and RAP products make every kilometre of road an opportunity to facilitate economic growth while achieving emissions targets.”
The redeveloped plant will supply a full range of sustainable asphalt products to City of Melbourne and Victoria-wide infrastructure projects helping governments to achieve emission reduction targets. The plant incorporates low emissions technology and increased asphalt recycling capacity resulting in less carbon along the supply chain: from quarrying, transport, production and paving.
The Citywide facility is the first of its kind in Australia to utilise innovative technology developed by German industrial company, Benninghoven. From North Melbourne Citywide supplies Victorian infrastructure companies and councils with low carbon, market-ready products that exceed VicRoads standards.
“If Victorian communities expect to achieve zero carbon emissions targets, they must make lower emission asphalt a priority,” said Citywide Managing Director, Kerry Osborne.
“Citywide’s low emission asphalt products, offered at competitive price points, ensure the roads to environmental and economic sustainability head in the same direction.”