Moorabool Shire Council is again in the dark about the latest updates on the West Gate Tunnel soil proposal. Today Council learnt through the media that the State Government is considering a commitment to pay $750m to assist with the disposal of the West Gate Tunnel soil.
The money would contribute to the cost of disposing of soil at Maddingley Brown Coal if Maddingley Brown Coal get the Minister for Planning’s approval to allow disposal at its site.
The decision whether to amend the Planning Scheme to allow the disposal of the soils at Maddingley Brown Coal, is still with the Minister for Planning.
CEO Derek Madden said it was unclear whether this commitment would result in the State Government taking responsibility for the disposal of the soil, as well as granting the necessary approvals or whether it was simply handing an open cheque to Transurban.
“The lack of consultation, information and transparency with local Councils, and local communities, is becoming an increasing concern,” Mr Madden said.
“Council is attempting to get information from the State Government on behalf of the Bacchus Marsh residents. We need to know when we will be told if the Planning Minister has approved changes to the Moorabool Planning Scheme to allow contaminated soil to be stored close to homes, schools and market gardens.”