Victorian Upper House says no to dumping toxic waste in Bacchus Marsh

The Upper House of the Victorian Parliament today voted to —

1. Oppose any decision by the Andrews Labor Government, or its agencies, to dump toxic soil from the West Gate Tunnel Project at the Maddingley Brown Coal mine, Bacchus Marsh, in the Shire of Moorabool;

2. Notes that proper community consultation and a full environmental assessment has not been undertaken by the West Gate Tunnel Authority, Transurban or other entities associated with the project; and

3. Further notes that the site of the proposed dump site, near Bacchus Marsh Grammar School and the town centre, makes it inappropriate to for the transport and dumping of the contaminated soil on the Bacchus Marsh community.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, David Davis:

“Only Labor MPs voted in support of dumping toxic soil in Bacchus Marsh, including local Labor MP’s Gayle Tierney and Jaala Pulford who failed even to contribute to the debate.

“The Liberal Nationals MPs and, to their credit, the cross bench MPs stood side by side with the Bacchus Marsh community and gave voice to their justified concerns.

“Bacchus Marsh is simply too environmentally sensitive to become Andrews’ toxic spoil dump and only Labor disagrees.”

Comments attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Bev McArthur:

“This vote will give great heart to the Bacchus Marsh community.

“No local Labor MP had the courage to attend last week’s public community meeting and no local Labor MP (Tierney and Pulford) even had the courage to speak up for their community in Parliament today.”

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