Minister responds to group’s call for help
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.”