Brimbank City Council will appear at a practice day hearing on 1 June 2018 to continue its opposition to the expansion of the Ravenhall tip (Metropolitan Regional Landfill).
The hearing is taking place because the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) is seeking to strike out Council’s VCAT proceeding for a review of EPA’s decision to grant a works approval to expand the tip.
The MWRRG will argue that Brimbank’s interests are not affected by the expansion, that Brimbank’s application is beyond the third party review rights and that Brimbank’s application is frivolous, vexatious, misconceived or is otherwise an abuse of process.
Brimbank City Council Mayor Margaret Giudice said that Council was disappointed by the actions of the MWRRG and that Council will argue it should remain part of the proceedings.
“Our community are strongly opposed to the expansion of the Ravenhall tip, as is this Council.
“Council’s legal appeal against the tip is on the grounds that the expansion is contrary to State government policy.
“This is because the expansion will extend the life of the landfill and potentially divert investment from alternative forms of waste disposal and innovation.
“The expansion reinforces Victoria’s reliance on landfills as a method of waste disposal over the long term which is contrary to future direction for waste management in Victoria.
“Council has had enough of the State Government’s continued reliance on landfill as a solution to Melbourne’s waste needs.
“As a state we need to get serious on sustainable waste and resource recovery technologies.
“The environmental and financial costs of managing our waste will only increase the longer the decision to use alternate waste technology is put off.
“We continue to seek the State Government’s immediate investment in sustainable resource recovery and waste treatment as an alternative to landfill expansion in Melbourne’s West.
“The recent budget announcement of $30.4 million over four years from the Sustainability Fund to implement a waste and resource recovery framework is not adequate to bring about real change.
“Over the last 20 years the State Government has accumulated a pot of $400 million in the sustainability fund from landfill levies – this money needs to be used now to elevate Victoria to be a sustainability leader.”