Au­thor­ity moves in

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity Vic­to­ria was yes­ter­day poised to ‘take charge of and clean up’ a con­tro­ver­sial car-tyre stock­pile in Stawell.

The au­thor­ity gave no­tice last week to own­ers of the Sa­le­yards Road stock­pile that it was con­sid­er­ing tak­ing charge of the site un­der Sec­tion 62 of the En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Act 1970.

It was ‘work­ing through a process’ and had equip­ment on site when The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser went to press last night. The EPA an­nounced it had taken the ac­tion af­ter ‘re­peated fail­ure’ by stock­pile own­ers to com­ply with En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity Vic­to­ria no­tices and with a Coun­try Fire Au­thor­ity fire-preven­tion no­tice.

Un­der the EPA di­rec­tive, the new owner of the site had un­til to­day to re­spond be­fore the EPA took on-site steps to ‘re­duce risks the stock­pile pre­sented to the Stawell com­mu­nity’.

A CFA as­sess­ment of the stock­pile was that it pre­sented a ‘very high’ fire risk that pre­sented so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic im­pli­ca­tions for the peo­ple of Stawell.

Fail­ure to com­ply

The EPA said in a pre­pared state­ment the stock­pile owner had failed to com­ply with the CFA’S fire-preven­tion no­tice and three statu­tory no­tices is­sued by the EPA re­quir­ing a re­duc­tion in the tyre stock­pile, sep­a­ra­tion of the stock­pile and mea­sures to re­duce the risk of fire.

In the state­ment, EPA and CFA de­clared their dis­ap­point­ment in that ‘the own­ers have taken no real steps to man­age the site’ and were work­ing with North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil and other agen­cies to en­sure the site was man­aged ap­pro­pri­ately to en­sure com­mu­nity safety.

Sev­eral me­dia out­lets re­ported last week the prop­erty changed hands from Used Tyre Re­cy­cling Cor­po­ra­tion to Panama-based In­ter­net Mar­ket­ing So­lu­tions Corp on June 8. SCHUBERTS PEST SER­VICES

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