MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Clayton electorate: landfill sites – Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012

Posted on 26. Mar, 2012 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to speak on the continuing offensive odours emanating from landfill sites in Clayton South and Clarinda. In June last year I raised this matter in the chamber as a members statement to alert the house to this issue and as an adjournment matter for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, asking him — without success, I must say — to direct the EPA (Environment Protection Authority) to revoke the licences of landfill site operators that have failed to comply with the Environment Protection Act 1970.

In response to the adjournment matter, the minister advised me on 22 September 2011 that, and I quote:

I am aware that EPA is continuing to collect evidence with a view to progress enforcement action against offending operators.

Ten months have now passed since I raised this matter. Whilst there has been a little improvement, the fact remains that these sites are still emitting toxic odours and dust, which is affecting the health and quality of life of thousands of residents in Clarinda, Clayton South, Heatherton, Oakleigh South, Springvale and the surrounding area. The residents have simply given up contacting the EPA, and frankly urgent intervention is required. If the minister will not direct the EPA to act, I call on the Premier to intervene and direct the minister to do his job.


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