Withheld cash draws out closure
The Contaminated Sites Act 2005 states unequivocally that people cannot live on a contaminated site. The Government won’t invoke it, because it involves compensation.
They’re breaking the law, but no one in Parliament cares or will challenge anyone because they’re all guilty.
Compulsory acquisition, as it stands, can’t be used. It can only be used if Government needs the land to build public infrastructure.
They can’t tinker with it or alter it specially for a health issue. It wouldn’t be legal and could be challenged if they tried — that’s why it’s still just a threat.
The phasing out of Wittenoom has been going on since 1978, and they still can’t do it. All because they won’t pay compensation. They could have done it since 2006 legally.
I’ll bet Peter Heyward wouldn’t leave no matter how much they offered.
If they do manage to evict everyone, the asbestos problem would disappear overnight. There would be roads, railways and mining all over the joint.
The whole Wittenoom safe has been riddled with government corruption since day one. I resided there from 1978 to 2005. It’s a fascinating story.