As­bestos Found at Gee­lans Road

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Front Page -

Fol­low­ing on from our front page story last month about the dump­ing of tons of fill/ waste at Gee­lans Road, Ar­ca­dia, the EPA has now con­cluded their soil test­ing of the site. Ten core sam­ples were taken and all ten re­vealed the pres­ence of as­bestos in the fill ma­te­rial (also found were bricks, ce­ram­ics, me­tal and other builders' waste).

It is re­ported that the EPA have is­sued the own­ers of the prop­erty with a 'draft clean up no­tice'. Once the EPA has re­viewed the own­ers re­sponse to the 'draft clean up no­tice' a fi­nal clean up no­tice will be is­sued. The EPA does have pow­ers to is­sue fines to the own­ers of the prop­erty, but we have no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on this.

The res­i­dents of Gee­lans Road are ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed and an­gry at the out­come of this mat­ter. They had been ad­vis­ing Coun­cil for many months that the de­vel­op­ment ap­peared to be far more sub­stan­tial than the ap­proved DA and that they felt con­tam­i­nated waste was be­ing bought to site. Fol­low­ing their con­tin­ual com­plaints, they had been ad­vised by let­ter from the Coun­cil in July that their con­cerns about con­tam­i­nated waste were un­war­ranted. This was fol­low­ing a visit by Coun­cil of­fi­cers to the site. They fi­nally got trac­tion on their con­cerns by invit­ing Ray Hadley to re­view what was hap­pen­ing.

Newly elected Mayor Philip Rud­dock has now re­ferred the mat­ter to the ICAC for a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Coun­cil pro­cesses and pro­ce­dures. Fol­low more of this story on our face­book page. www.face­­ston­news

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