Stevensons Road closed landfill - 17 September 2008

Stevensons Road closed landfill

City of Casey Mayor Cr Janet Halsall said today that ‘Council’s first and foremost priority continues to be the safety and wellbeing of residents in the neighbouring estate to the closed landfill.

‘In partnership with the CFA and EPA we are working as hard as we possibly can to put measures in place to mitigate the risk of methane gas, and in conjunction with the Department of Human Services (DHS), we are helping the residents to manage their decision about whether to stay in their homes or temporarily relocate.

‘There are literally hundreds of staff from all agencies working on this issue around the clock’, said Cr Halsall.

The following is the latest information as at 2.30pm today:

  • CFA has advised Council that there have been a couple of false alarms recently, but no readings of methane gas have been recorded in homes in the last 72 hours.
  • DHS has advised Council that 31 households have been assisted to relocate (with latest advice that 11 of these have returned to their homes) and 31 households provided with emergency grants.
  • An information package is being delivered to all households today including a Community Update newsletter (328kb) advising of Council’s decision last night to suspend rates for 12 months for residents of the neighbouring residential estate and review this on an annual basis. A question and answer sheet (819kb), which provides the answers to the many questions raised at last week’s public meetings, is also part of the package.
  • An SMS messaging service commenced yesterday and regular updates will be provided to affected residents.