Minister re­sponds to group’s call for help

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST -

A SMALL group of res­i­dents has spent years fight­ing against a toxic waste dump just out­side Chin­chilla.

The fa­cil­ity, run by We Kando, has been ap­proved by the State Gov­ern­ment and West­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil to take the toxic salt and slurry from CSG waste and store it less than 20 kilo­me­tres from town, as close as 50 me­tres from wa­ter re­sources. Last week the Chin­chilla

News re­ported on the sit­u­a­tion, stat­ing the res­i­dent group the Cameby Con­cerned Cit­i­zens Group was now turn­ing to fed­eral Mem­ber for Mara­noa and Minister for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources David Lit­tleproud to weigh in on the is­sue.

He said any ac­tion on the dump would need to be taken un­der the EPBC Act.

“While I un­der­stand the con­cern with this de­vel­op­ment by the lo­cals, the re­al­ity is un­less the EPBC Act is trig­gered, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has no author­ity in which to im­pose any will on the state gov­ern­ment and lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” he said.

“It would be un­rea­son­able for any­one to think that my­self or any other politi­cian could go out­side the con­sti­tu­tional bound­aries that are pro­vided in the con­sti­tu­tion.

“I’m cog­nisant of the fact that it prob­a­bly will come back that there is no trig­ger of the EPBC Act and there­fore it would sit within the re­mit of the state and lo­cal plan­ning acts.”

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