With a State-of-Emergency declared for Coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Cr David Edwards is calling for the pause button to be hit on decisions and consultation on major projects planned for Moorabool Shire.
Cr Edwards said it was impossible for proper public consultation to occur during this time and it would be unfair for decisions to be made without adequate input from the local community.
Major projects impacting the Shire are:
1. A proposal to store, categorise and dispose of contaminated soil near Bacchus Marsh;
2. A proposal to build a high voltage transmission line across the Shire; and
3. A proposal to amalgamate Djerriwarrh Health Services with Western Health.
Public consultation on the high voltage transmission line is due to begin later this week and a decision to award the contract to store, categorise and dispose of contaminated soil is imminent.
“Given the State-of-Emergency declared by Premier Daniel Andrews today, the Victorian Government and other decision-makers should hit the pause button until the situation allows for proper community consultation to occur,” Cr Edwards said.
“The priority for our residents at this time must be protecting the health and well-being of themselves and their loved ones.
“To ask them to also consider the impacts of contaminated soil, giant transmission towers and potential local job losses due to a health merger, is expecting too much of our community.”