Moorabool Shire Council has again been left out of the consultation process regarding contaminated soil being stored at Maddingley Brown Coal (MBC) with the Victorian Heritage Advisory Council granting MBC a permit exemption to do roadworks on The Avenue of Honour in Bacchus Marsh.
Despite Council being responsible for managing and maintaining trees along the Avenue and having a heritage overlay on The Avenue under our Planning Scheme, Council was not consulted about the exemption being granted to MBC.
The works listed in the permit exemption are for widening and shoulder rehabilitation on the Woolpack Rd/Bacchus Marsh Rd intersection. Generally, any work undertaken on The Avenue of Honour requires a permit from the Heritage Advisory Council as The Avenue is protected.
“Again, we have to hear about issues relating to MBC’s proposal to store contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel project from a third party,” Council CEO Derek Madden said.
“Council has been shunned throughout this whole process and we’ve had the power to make a decision on our own Planning Scheme taken away by the State Government. Now we hear about the Heritage Advisory Council granting an exemption for works on a road we have some
responsibility for without letting us know about the application for exemption.”
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