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Labor’s toxic soil dumping will have dire consequences

In Question Time today, Labor’s Education Minister, James Merlino refused to rule-out dumping toxic soil near Bacchus Marsh Grammar.

Bacchus Marsh Grammar Principal, Andrew Neal, warned last year that if Maddingley Brown Coal became a waste storage site, the school would have no choice but to relocate.

Maddingley Brown Coal is located just over one kilometre from Bacchus Marsh Grammar, a school with over 2200 students.

Despite massive community opposition, Daniel Andrews is pressing ahead with plans to dump toxic soil on the site.

In the February 2020 Newsletter of Bacchus Marsh Grammar, Principal Andrew Neal wrote:

“I have had a significant number of members of the school community and broader community telephoning me with concerns about reports that contaminated soil is to be relocated to Bacchus Marsh. The reports, if true, are part of a worrying trend for Governments … to see this town, and the west in general, through a lens of waste disposal.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Cindy McLeish:

“Labor is once again treating Bacchus Marsh as the dumping ground for their toxic stuff-ups.

“It’s disgraceful that Daniel Andrews is priositising the financial interests of Transurban over the health of students at Bacchus Marsh.”

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