With­held cash draws out clo­sure

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Ken Sali­gari, Ex­mouth

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.

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