EPA decision on MBC extremely disappointing: Mayor
Unsurprisingly, the EPA has approved the updated Environmental Management Plan to store West Gate tunnel spoil near Bacchus Marsh without any consultation with Council or the impacted community.
The Mayor of Moorabool Shire Council Cr Tom Sullivan is extremely disappointed by today’s EPA decision.
“Council has been concerned all along with the total lack of community consultation and today’s decision by the EPA fails to alleviate our concerns,” Cr Sullivan said.
“Bacchus Marsh residents are angry about plans to store this spoil so close to schools and market gardens and it is extremely disappointing that the neither the Minister for Planning nor the EPA have properly consulted them about this.”
Cr Sullivan said the decision by the EPA was not the final decision MBC needed for this project to proceed.
The final decision on the site to be chosen will be made by Transurban through a tender process. Other sites being looked at are Ravenhall near Melton and High Quality at Bulla near Sunbury.
“However, the EPA approval in conjunction with an earlier approval by the Minister for Planning, does allow MBC to begin site preparation works in advance of the tender being finalised, should MBC decide to do so.”