MEDIA RELEASE: 15 September 2008
The City of Casey, in partnership with the CFA as the lead agency, EPA and DHS, is continuing to work together as a united team to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents neighbouring the Stevensons Road closed landfill.
At a media conference today, City of Casey Deputy Mayor Cr Colin Butler reaffirmed that ‘Council’s first and foremost priority is the safety and wellbeing of residents neighbouring the closed landfill’.
‘Council has worked with the local residents since the landfill closed in 2005 and we will continue to do so in the future’, he said.
‘Council has dozens of staff from all parts of the organisation working on this issue so we can resolve the situation as soon as possible.’
The City of Casey, together with the CFA and EPA, is stepping up the in-home monitoring program and is sourcing additional monitors as soon as possible.
Cr Butler confirmed that 70 monitors are in homes today; 90 will be in homes by tomorrow and a total of 290 monitors will be placed in homes by the end of next week.
‘In addition to the in-home monitoring program, since June 2007, we have monitored 135 storm water pits and 95 electrical pits weekly. Also, 39 landfill gas bores, 25 of which are located in the adjacent residential area, are also monitored on a weekly basis.’
The following is the latest information:
- CFA has advised Council that as at last night 292 households had been tested for the presence of methane gas. No gas readings were recorded in the last 24 hours.
- The Department of Human Services has advised that 29 households have now relocated.
- There have been 28 emergency grants paid worth up to $1050 and five emergency accommodation grant applications worth up $8,650 have been received.
- An SMS messaging system has been put in place to ensure residents receive the latest information on their mobile phones.