Public sends strong message on proposed dump

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has tabled another 1,450 signatures on a petition against the proposed Leongatha South landfill in State Parliament.

Mr O’Brien and The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria, Melina Bath, collected the signatures this week from Wendy Reed, a spokesperson for the Dump the Dump group, which is fighting against Veolia’s proposal for a massive landfill at Leongatha South.

Mr O’Brien has already tabled 1,300 signatures against the petition and this next batch is a strong signal to Veolia and the Labor State Government that locals do not want this landfill.

“Congratulations to the Dump the Dump group which is fighting hard to oppose this proposal, which would bring 200,000 tonnes per annum of Melbourne’s waste to our beautiful Gippsland countryside. They have worked hard to spread the word about this proposal and to ensure the company and the Government know it is not welcome,” Mr O’Brien said.

Ms Bath said it remained very early in the process and there was no certainty that the landfill would proceed any further than its current stage.

“The community is working very hard to show its opposition to this proposal, as a local resident I’m right behind them as well. I encourage everyone to have their say and ensure we can send a clear message on this idea,” Ms Bath said.

The next phase for in planning for Gippsland’s waste will occur when the Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group holds public information sessions on its regional strategy for waste in Leongatha next Thursday the 18th and Foster on Tuesday the 16th between 4 and 5.30pm.

Mr O’Brien said this was a good opportunity for local people to voice their concerns.

“If the Gippsland group does accept the need for the Leongatha landfill, then it is very unlikely to go ahead. I think this is a good opportunity to send a message that we don’t want Melbourne’s waste in our backyard,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We are very happy to deal with our own, but taking on Melbourne waste is simply not fair.”

The Nationals’ Members for Gippsland South and Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien and Melina Bath collect a petition with 1,450 signatures from Dump the Dump group’s Wendy Reed (centre).

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