O’Brien tables Dump the Dump petition
A petition signed by close to 1,400 community members opposed to a landfill at Leongatha South that would be filled with rubbish from Melbourne was this week tabled in State Parliament.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien, who presented the petition in the Legislative Assembly, said Gippsland should not become Melbourne’s dumping round.
“Plans by Veolia to truck 200,000 tonnes per year to a former quarry site in Leongatha South and encroach in pristine farmland have naturally raised strong opposition,” Mr O’Brien said.
“South Gippslanders understand there is a need for waste facilities and are happy to deal with the waste we create, however there are serious concerns as to why waste created by city-dwellers should be dumped in Leongatha.”
Mr O’Brien has raised the issue in Parliament with Labor’s Environment Minister a number of times, including last sitting week, and is now awaiting a response in writing from the Minister.
“While I appreciate an exhausted quarry might appear to be a good place for a tip, there are a whole host of concerns relating to the environment, increased road use and contamination and the Labor Government needs to play a role in addressing these concerns,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The Environment Minister needs to explain whether dumping Melbourne’s rubbish alongside productive farmland in South Gippsland will be allowed.”
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region and Koonwarra resident Melina Bath said while it was a positive sign that the proposed dump had not been named in the recently released Draft Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan, the fight was not yet over.
“Before this rubbish proposal can be ruled out in full, we need to see the final report of this plan and also the waste plan currently being prepared for Gippsland,” Ms Bath said.
"The community fight though is already sending a strong signal to Veolia and the Government that we don't want Melbourne's waste in our beautiful part of the state.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien and Member for Eastern Victoria, Melina Bath at State Parliament with petitions signed by nearly 1,400 locals concerned about the proposed landfill at Leongatha South.