MBC submits application to Minister for West Gate Tunnel Soil

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Friday, 8 May, 2020 - 14:15

Moorabool Shire Council is extremely disappointed that Maddingley Brown Coal (MBC) has applied to the Minister for Planning to approve their proposal to store, categorise and dispose of contaminated soil near Bacchus Marsh. 

Mayor Cr David Edwards said such action is particularly concerning given Council has submitted an enforcement order to VCAT related to MBC’s current operations at their landfill site.

He said Council had requested that MBC/Transurban project team keep them informed throughout the process but have received little in response.  

“The lack of transparency shown by the proponents to date has put the Minister in an impossible position,” Cr Edwards said.

“The Minister has long been a supporter of council and community consultation and it will be extremely disappointing if he chooses to intervene without further input.

“Council has been professional throughout this process and has never stated a position for or against this project. We simply want to be afforded the right of proper consultation so that we can understand the risks to our community and our assets”.

“Instead, the Minister now risks making an ill-formed judgement, under a highly pressurised environment, based largely on information provided by project proponents and government agencies tasked with getting the West Gate Tunnel project built.”

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Friday, 8 May, 2020 - 14:22