Legistrative Council E-Petitions

E-petition Number
193
Title
West Gate Tunnel Contaminated Soil
Grievance
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the community concerns for the proposal to transport and store contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel Project at the Hi-Quality Victoria Pty Ltd. facility located at 570 Sunbury Road, Bulla.

Some 1.5 million square metres of spoil will be generated from the West Gate Tunnel Project, with the West Gate Tunnel Authority admitting that it is contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and asbestos at varying levels.

Transportation is through the town of Bulla and over the historic bluestone bridge built in 1869. The Hi-Quality Eco-Hub tip is located across the road from the Villawood Properties residential land and is 1.5 kilometres from developed areas of Sunbury, home to 40,000 residents and another 19,000 dwellings which have been approved. The facility borders Emu Creek, which feeds the Maribyrnong River system. It is also home to the growling grass frog endangered species.

Hi-Quality Victoria Pty Ltd. have a history of failing to uphold the requirements under agreements with the Environment Protection Agency.

The state-wide risks of potential cross contamination with the nearby Veolia organic waste facility that services horticulture and viticulture industries across Victoria and a large network of farmers producing our everyday food, is too great of a risk and there could be unknown and unacceptable community health impacts for generations to come.
Action
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council reject all proposals made by Transurban,
Hi-Quality Victoria Pty Ltd., or any other organisation, to dispose of contaminated soil at the Hi-Quality Eco-hub tip in the interest of the nearby large residential growth area, to stop the current and planned excessive truck movements before lives are taken on a road that was planned and built for traffic conditions that existed 140 years ago and to call on the Minister for Planning, the Hon Richard Wynne MP, to refuse any changes to the Hume Planning Scheme or the current operators’ permit conditions.
Closing Date
2020-10-08
Not tabled signatures
1837
Total signatures including previously tabled
1837

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Sponsor
Mr Bernie Finn