Moorabool Shire Council has reviewed the application to amend the local planning scheme to allow Maddingley Brown Coal (MBC) to receive uncategorised soil on the outskirts of Bacchus Marsh.
The Minister for Planning invited Council to review MBC’s amendment application, which if approved, will allow MBC to receive 1.5 million cubic meters of tunnel soil from the West Gate Tunnel Project.
MBC wants its application to amend the local planning scheme considered under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. This will see Council bypassed and the Minister empowered to make the decision. Following Council’s repeated requests, under section 20(5) of the Act the Minister for Planning provided the documents to Moorabool Shire Council on 20 May 2020 for review and comment
“The review of the amendment documents and associated technical reports was undertaken within the limited time-frame and constraints imposed upon Council,” Mayor Cr David Edwards said.
“From day one, Council’s priority has been safety first, followed by the need for transparency and the need for the proponents to demonstrate how this project will benefit the Bacchus Marsh community.”
Council has independent legal advice that it is unable to publicly release its review findings at this stage. This follows a request from MBC that details included in its application cannot be made public for commercial-in-confidence reasons.
The report was due to the Minister for Planning on 18 June 2020 and the application included 22 documents in total.
Council has not been advised of the next steps or timeframes.