Coun­cil must take ac­tion to ad­dress con­cerns

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

The breach of the EPA li­cence agree­ment by not ap­ply­ing the spec­i­fied top cover to the open face of the Hilldene land­fill — re­sult­ing in the cur­rent fine — is not to be dis­missed as an iso­lated in­ci­dent, as stated by Mitchell Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive David Turn­ball.

In 2011 the EPA fined the shire al­most $6000 af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions found they had breached their en­vi­ron­men­tal li­cence af­ter not prop­erly cov­er­ing waste.

Photos of un­cov­ered waste were taken by an EPA ae­rial drone in May and again in July 2017, re­sult­ing in the Oc­to­ber $7929 fine.

EPA-is­sued land­fill li­cences re­quire waste to be cov­ered at the com­ple­tion of the day’s work to min­imise odour, lit­ter, fire, con­tam­i­na­tion of storm wa­ter, or the spread of dis­ease through birds, flies, mos­qui­toes and ro­dents.

Our shire in­stead chose to re­cur­rently leave the work­ing open face of the tip un­cov­ered overnight, putting our com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment at risk.

So why didn’t the shire sub­mit the EPA au­dit on time last Septem­ber? What are they try­ing to hide?

In is­su­ing the re­sult­ing $7773 fine, the EPA re­port also noted that the coun­cil had not im­ple­mented all of the rec­om­men­da­tions from the pre­vi­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal au­dit con­ducted in Septem­ber 2015.

Be­cause of pub­lic com­plaints the shire was in­ves­ti­gated and found to be in breach of the most ba­sic EPA and VCAT land­fill li­cence and per­mit agree­ments.

Rate pay­ers are cov­er­ing the al­most $22 000 of fines be­cause of the shire’s bla­tant dis­re­gard in en­sur­ing the land­fill is run with min­i­mal im­pact, and it seems they sim­ply couldn’t give ‘‘two pink socks’’.

Mitchell Shire — it’s time you were ac­count­able as the im­pact of EPA and VCAT non­com­pli­ance is real and it is not to be brushed off, as your ac­tions speak louder than words and my fam­ily, our com­mu­nity and the en­vi­ron­ment de­serve bet­ter.

— Linda Cafasso, Hilldene

Bumpy his­tory: The Hilldene land­fill has been caus­ing prob­lems for nearby res­i­dents since it opened in 2005.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.