Staley stresses need for action
Member for Ripon Louise Staley has stepped up her call for the State Government to take action on Stawell’s tyre dump.
Ms Staley, who has studied the potential environmental impact of the site with state Opposition environment representative Brad Battin, said the government needed to listen to the Stawell community.
She said an overwhelming number of Stawell people wanted the State Government to ‘get out of the way’ so work on removing of the tyres could start.
“The people of Stawell have spoken in their droves. The Andrews government needs to get on with the job and allow the tyre-recycling process to start,” Ms Staley said.
“Stawell Used Tyre Corp is ready and waiting for the green light to start recycling these tyres, instead they continue to be mucked around by an incompetent Andrews government.”
Ms Staley made the comments after presenting a petition to State Parliament containing nearly 1000 signatures of Stawell district people calling on the government to ‘urgently’ complete outstanding administrative work and approvals ‘holding the removal of the tyres back’.
Mr Battin said he considered it disgraceful that no action had yet been taken to remove the tyres.
“For far too long these tyres have marred the landscape of Stawell,” he said.
“We can’t afford any more procrastination – they must go.
“Every day that no action occurs is a big risk to Stawell. If the tyres caught fire it would burn for weeks, thick smog and fumes would poison the air and Premier Daniel Andrews would be to blame for his inaction.”