More than 120 community members from
the northern suburbs turned out to Beckley Park last night for a community
meeting regarding the abandoned recycling site at Broderick Road, Lara.
Attendees heard from representatives of
the City of Greater Geelong, the CFA and the EPA, who provided information on
the potential risks of the site and fire prevention procedures in place.
The City’s Acting Director Planning and
Development Joanne Van Slageren addressed the history of the site and the
actions taken to date to try to enforce compliance by the site operator, David
A number of representatives from the
CFA and the EPA outlined their response plans should a fire occur at the
Broderick Road site.
The aim of the meeting was to answer
community questions and ease concerns surrounding the now-defunct recycling
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City of Greater Geelong Acting Director Planning and Development Joanne Van
The aim of the evening was to reassure
the community that agencies at all levels are working together to mitigate the
risk and community impact of the Broderick Road recycling site.
The City has been constantly battling
with the site’s operator for the last five years, and despite our limited
powers we have taken every action possible to hold that operator responsible.
Cleaning up this site will obviously be
a significant undertaking that will take more than 12 months.
We are committed to streamlining this
process and will be enforcing all VCAT orders to do our utmost to ensure the
clean-up stays on schedule.
Our role with this site is also to
support agencies including the CFA and the EPA in their response to a fire
event at this site.