Minister’s approves MBC for West Gate Tunnel soil

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Monday, 23 November, 2020 - 15:30

Moorabool Shire Council is angered and disappointed that the State Planning Minister has approved an amendment to the Moorabool Planning Scheme that will allow Maddingley Brown Coal (MBC) to receive, categorise and store contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel Project.

The decision notified to Council today means the State Government has given the green light to MBC to process the soil, subject to Upper House approval.

It is Council’s understanding that MBC needs to submit a new Environment Management Plan (EMP) and local traffic management plan as part of the approval.

It is then up to Transurban to consider all approved locations and make the final contract decision as to where the soil will go.

In light of the Minister’s decision, Council will look at all options for next steps including taking legal action.

“We’re not surprised but we’re extremely disappointed with today’s decision,” Council CEO Derek Madden said.

“It’s our view that the process for considering the application has been flawed as there has not been adequate consultation for a project of this nature, particularly with impacted Councils and the community.

“The whole way through this, Council was left in the dark and effectively shut out of the planning decision process, as the Minister called the project in to make the decision. This means the decision was made without any decent consultation with our community, which is a slap in the face to our Bacchus Marsh residents.”

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Monday, 23 November, 2020 - 15:40