Council continues efforts toward Broderick Road clean-up

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Council has agreed on a series of proactive steps as it continues its efforts to have the former recycling site at Broderick Road in Lara cleared, and its operator held accountable for permit breaches.

Following a notice of motion moved by Cr Anthony Aitken during Tuesday night’s meeting, the City of Greater Geelong has acknowledged that its highest priority is to mitigate the risks to community health and safety.

The City will continue to work with the EPA and other agencies to ensure all steps are being taken to meet this priority.

The notice of motion was in response to site owner TASCO appointing a liquidator, Price Waterhouse Coopers, to wind up the company on 15 March.

This will not affect the ongoing safety measures in place at the site, which include:

  • Around the clock security patrols;
  • Regular testing and monitoring of combustible materials;
  • Earth moving, firefighting and heavy equipment on site;
  • Installation of two 500,00 litre water tanks;
  • Removal of large items (such as tyres) around the site perimeter;
  • Construction of emergency vehicle access roads; and
  • Clearing of vegetation.

The site operator, C&D Recycling, and its director David McAuliffe repeatedly breached planning permit conditions and orders from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), before the company was liquidated late in 2018.

In January, Mr McAuliffe was sentenced to 90 days’ jail for breaches of the City’s enforcement orders, with this sentence now the subject of an appeal.

Mayor Bruce Harwood:

The local community is understandably concerned about this site and wants to see all possible steps taken to have it cleaned up.

With this notice of motion we have made it clear that we consider this matter a top priority, and have confirmed our ongoing commitment to working with the EPA and others to manage the safety risks and clean the site up.

Our absolute highest priority is the health and safety of the community, and we will continue to give the site our full attention.

Councillor Anthony Aitken, Windermere Ward:

This notice of motion is council’s response to our community’s ongoing concern about the Broderick Road site. We want the people of Lara and surrounds to know without any ambiguity that we are hearing what they’re saying, and we’re continuing to make their safety an absolute top priority while the site is cleaned up.

Council wants the individuals and companies responsible for this situation to be held accountable. We need the state government’s support to avoid a repeat of what has happened at Broderick Road. Clearly this issue of waste stockpiling is something we need to look at as a state-wide issue.


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