Residents fed up with their properties becoming de facto rubbish dumps.CHALPAT SONTI February 13, 2013 4:53am
This rubbish has travelled about 500m from the Hilldene landfill at the back of the shot to the Popples Ln road reserve.
Drive along Popples Lane on or just after a windy day and chances are you’ll wonder if you’re slightly lost.
After all, the Hilldene landfill is supposed to be about 500
It was a long battle beforehand, but the landfill has caused an even longer one since it opened.
Popples Lane residents had a site meeting with Cr Bill Melbourne recently to discuss problems with the Hilldene landfill, which can be seen in the background over Cr Melbourne's left shoulder.
They lost the initial battle in 2005 when the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal allowed the landfill to go ahead, with several conditions.
The landfill was supposed to be state of the art at the time, with no rubbish able to leave the site, which itself was supposed to be screened off.
But that hasn’t happened — residents have consistently picked up rubbish up to 3
‘‘The amount of rubbish between 1500
‘‘The lamb paddocks are absolutely littered, and the lambs try to chew it up.’’
January and February were traditionally the worst months because of the amount of wind.
But there are also other issues, which residents say they expressed before the landfill was built.
Peter Heywood said they had all come to pass.
‘‘The crows have taken over and chased all the native birds away,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s (landfill) too close to neighbouring properties, it’s an unprotected site built on top of the ground, you can only dig down 2
‘‘The council does something about (the rubbish) each year but it keeps coming back when it’s windy. They’re supposed to cover it completely at the end of each day but they don’t.’’
Residents — who say they would be happy if the landfill simply complied with the original VCAT conditions — contacted the Environmental Protection Authority but were told to await the outcome of discussions with Mitchell Shire Council first.
Mayor Bill Melbourne and council engineering and infrastructure director Jeff Saker met with residents at the site recently.
They promised to look into the matter and meet back later this month.
Local farmer John Clarke said it was ‘‘probably the most positive start point we’ve had since 2005’’.
‘‘Let’s hope something comes out of it this time.’’
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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