The Baillieu Government must tell Victorian communities which suburbs are likely to have expanded or new toxic waste landfills built in their backyards, Shadow Environment, Minister Lisa Neville said today.
Environment Minister, Ryan Smith last week announced $11.5 million for recycling infrastructure including an Expression of Interest for the construction of “new facilities”.
The Baillieu Government earlier this year provided $13.8 million for infrastructure but did not detail any new waste landfill sites.
“The Baillieu Government needs to be honest and upfront with Victorian communities and tell them if it intends building new massive waste landfills in their neighbourhood,” Ms Neville said.
“Victorian communities have every right to know if Mr Baillieu and Mr Smith are secretly developing a strategy to rollout new large scale toxic landfills throughout Victoria without community consultation.
“Communities should be informed and have every right to know of any proposal to locate a landfill site in their town and to have a significant say about any proposal to do so.
“Communities also have a right to know what, if any, process will be used by the government to determine future landfill sites.”
Ms Neville said the Baillieu Government funding would go towards new recycling and resource recovery infrastructure targeting large scale projects.
“While any effort to improve recycling rates is welcome Victorians should also be informed of any Baillieu Government moves to create new suburban landfill sites,” she said.
“The silence from the Government on their landfill agenda is deafening and Victorians have a right to know if they will have a toxic waste dump placed in their community without consultation.”