Meet the Living Lab partners

Find out more about the innovative organisations selected to trial their solutions for a more circular economy in the City of Casey.

A Circular Economy in the City of Casey

Key Challenge Statements

As one of the fastest growing and diverse communities in Australia, the City of Casey recognises the need for a circular economy to ensure sustainable growth and provide future opportunities in the local economy, using circular principles to trial and validate innovation in response to this complex challenge.

The selected partners for the Living Lab will deliver and validate innovative solutions, producing measurable economic, social, and environmental benefits, advancing a more Circular Economy in Casey. Their solutions were presented in response to the following challenges and key areas:

The Old Cheese Factory

The Old Cheese Factory site is the base for Casey's Circular Economy Living Lab. Although projects will be rolled out throughout Casey (online and offline), Old Cheese site will be where we gather, present, co-design and talk about how to make Casey more circular.

Located at 34 Homestead Road, Berwick, the site features the 1860s historic Springfield Homestead, Cheese Factory and Kitchen Wash House, and is a tall reminder of Australia's early colonial history.

This is where projects will be showcased and community will be engaged through events.

About Circular Economy

Our economy today largely works in a “linear" way. This means that natural resources are taken, transformed into products we use and then disposed of. It is also called a “take-make-waste" economy.

This model has resulted in the excessive consumption of the finite resources we have on this planet, a substantial amount of waste situated in growing landfills, and the unrestricted use of non-renewable sources of energy, which pollute air and water streams.

A circular economy is a model that aims to close the gap between the production of goods and the limited availability of natural resources that our lives depend upon, while still meeting the needs of our societies.

The three key principles guiding the transformation towards a circular economy are:

  1. Eliminate waste and pollution in the design and production of new materials and/or products
  2. Extend materials and/or products lifespan, keeping them in use for as long as possible
  3. Restore the local environment, with benefits for the flora, fauna, waterways, soil, etc.