C&D Recycling, Broderick Road
Thursday, 11 January 2018
We issued this media statement to the Geelong Advertiser regarding a fire at C&D Recycling in Lara.
Guy Wilson-Browne - Director City
C&D Recycling Pty Ltd (C&D) operates a materials recycling facility at
300-400 Broderick Road, Lara.
City strongly opposed the development of the recycling site, however at the
direction of VCAT a planning permit for the ongoing use and development of the
site, subject to various conditions, was issued in August 2016.
and CFA have identified this facility as a risk to public safety.
The City of Greater Geelong is taking
enforcement action against the operator for breaches to the planning permit.
C&D Recycling has lodged an
application to VCAT to amend the planning permit, to significantly extend
timeframes for compliance.
The City also lodged an interim
enforcement order against C&D Recycling with VCAT, which included a request
for operations to cease at the facility.
VCAT granted the interim enforcement
order on Friday 22 December 2017.
It has taken 12 months since the
City’s initial enforcement action for an order to be granted.
enforcement order stated that no additional waste was to be bought onto the
site, and that operational equipment should be on the site at all times, such
as a water cart and dozers.
Due to the City’s
actions, operations have temporarily ceased at the site.
A VCAT compulsory
conference was held this week with the operator of C&D Recycling.
There was no
resolution at this conference. A second conference is expected to be held in
VCAT hearings are
scheduled for March and April 2018.
The City is doing
everything within its power to mitigate risks, and is working with emergency services
to ensure plans are in place to support the community in the event of a fire.
week, joint discussions were held between Victorian Emergency Management
Commissioner Craig Lapsley, the EPA’s Acting CEO Chris Webb and the City’s CEO
Kelvin Spiller about all parties’ concerns for the site.
City has been meeting regularly with CFA, DHHS, SES, Ambulance Victoria, EPA
and Victoria Police, with the most recent meeting held to review incident
management plans prior to last Saturday’s extreme fire danger warning.
The City will
continue to work closely with the CFA and EPA with respect to broader
management and enforcement issues relating to the facility.