More than 120 community members attended the Broderick Road information session.
More than 120 community members attended the Broderick Road information session.

More than 120 at community meeting for Broderick Rd recycling site

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

More than 120 community members from the northern suburbs turned out to Beckley Park last night for a community meeting regarding the abandoned recycling site at Broderick Road, Lara.

Attendees heard from representatives of the City of Greater Geelong, the CFA and the EPA, who provided information on the potential risks of the site and fire prevention procedures in place.

The City’s Acting Director Planning and Development Joanne Van Slageren addressed the history of the site and the actions taken to date to try to enforce compliance by the site operator, David McAuliffe.

A number of representatives from the CFA and the EPA outlined their response plans should a fire occur at the Broderick Road site.

The aim of the meeting was to answer community questions and ease concerns surrounding the now-defunct recycling site.

To stay up to date with progress and activities on the Broderick Road recycling site visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au/broderickroad

City of Greater Geelong Acting Director Planning and Development Joanne Van Slageren.

The aim of the evening was to reassure the community that agencies at all levels are working together to mitigate the risk and community impact of the Broderick Road recycling site.

The City has been constantly battling with the site’s operator for the last five years, and despite our limited powers we have taken every action possible to hold that operator responsible.

Cleaning up this site will obviously be a significant undertaking that will take more than 12 months.

We are committed to streamlining this process and will be enforcing all VCAT orders to do our utmost to ensure the clean-up stays on schedule.

Our role with this site is also to support agencies including the CFA and the EPA in their response to a fire event at this site.