?The applications will be submitted this week, the process will take some time to go through the EPA and council,? Vince Latham, the CEO of Peninsula Waste Management (PWM) told Quarry. ?We expect a VCAT hearing as there is opposition for the landfill.?
PWM development manager David Maltby said everything had been signed off and it was simply a matter of lodging the forms with Mornington Peninsula Shire and the EPA.
“I am confident the documentation is accurate and meets all the necessary requirements,? Maltby said. “We expect the project to go to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, so it could be up to a year before anything happens.?
The former quarry has been recognised as a preferred landfill location under the council’s regional waste management plan as it will provide a solid non-hazardous waste disposal service for local households and businesses over the next 20 years. It is the only suitable site on the eastern side of Melbourne that meets stringent EPA guidelines for locating a landfill.
A shortfall in waste reduction and an expanding population means that a long-term landfill site is still required on the Peninsula to manage waste that cannot be reused or recycled. The existing municipal site at Rye will be closed when it reaches capacity in four to five years.
The geographic features of the new site make it ideal for landfill. The pit is deep and narrow, making it easy to control dust and odours and keep seagulls and other animals away. The topography also means the landfill cannot be seen from roads or nearby homes. It is located half a kilometre from the nearest residence and trucks can easily access the site via the freeway.
More than 100 people attended a public meeting about the tip proposal in March 2013 and banners have been displayed on the peninsula opposing the tip.
There was also an advertisement in local newspapers headed ?No tip for the Arthurs Seat escarpment, Dromana?. It described the proposed tip as a “toxic timebomb” that future generations would have to clean up. The advertisement also raised queries over the site’s proximity to Sheepwash Creek and the possibility of leachate leaking into Port Phillip Bay.
Maltby said opposition to the application was to be expected. “Like most things, you can’t expect to keep everybody happy but we are confident the proposal won’t impact negatively on anybody,” he said. “If we couldn’t demonstrate that it could be run safety and properly, we wouldn’t be submitting the application.”
Sources: Peninsula Weekly, Peninsula Waste Management