Regional Renewable Organics Network Project


On 13 October 2021, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) received an application for authorisation from six local councils in the Barwon Region. The six councils are Borough of Queenscliff, City of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains Shire, Surf Coast Shire, Wyndham City Council (the Six Councils) and Barwon Region Water Corporation (Barwon Water) (the Applicants). The Applicants are seeking authorisation for the Six Councils to engage in collective bargaining with Barwon Water to negotiate the terms of waste supply agreements covering the provision of organic waste material and the supply of waste processing services through a Regional Renewable Organics Network (RRON). In summary, this would include negotiating terms, discussions between the Six Councils regarding contractual intentions and the entry and giving effect to the individual contractual agreements. The RRON is a proposed organics processing facility developed by Barwon Water and the Councils. The Applicants are seeking authorisation for 20 years from the date of the ACCC’s final determination.

The Applicants have also requested interim authorisation to allow the Six Councils to engage collective bargaining with Barwon Water prior to the ACCC’s final determination in relation to the substantive application for authorisation.

On 11 November 2021 the ACCC granted interim authorisation. A copy of the interim authorisation Statement of Reasons is available below.

The ACCC will progress its assessment of the application in a timely manner. An indicative timetable for the ACCC’s assessment is set out below.

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

13 October 2021

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

19 October 2021

Public consultation process begins.

29 October 2021

Closing date for submissions in relation to interim authorisation.

5 November 2022

Closing date for submissions about the substantive application.

11 November 2021

Interim authorisation decision.

December 2021

Draft determination.

December 2021 / January 2022

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

February 2022

Final determination.



  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Borough of Queenscliffe
  • Golden Plains Shire
  • Surf Coast Shire
  • Barwon Region Water Corporation
  • Wyndham City Council
  • Colac Otway Shire

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000583-1


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ACCC correspondence

Submissions - before draft decision