MEDIA RELEASE: 3 November 2011
Representatives of the State Government and Council this afternoon executed an agreement between the Victorian Government, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Metropolitan Waste Management Group (MWMG) under which the City of Casey will settle its landfill remediation costs claims against the EPA and the MWMG, and Council will receive a further $24 million over the next 20 months towards the remediation costs of the Stevensons Road Closed Landfill.
Together with the contribution of $17.5 million from the State Government in October 2010, the further payment will bring the total of funds received by Council for remediation costs to $41.5 million.
The payment of $24 million follows an election commitment made by the Coalition to the City of Casey prior to the 2010 Victorian state election.
The Mayor of the City of Casey, Cr Shar Balmes said ‘While I was confident an agreement would be reached, the uncertainty and delays were causing frustration and tension in Council.
‘I was pleased that Inga Peulich, the Member for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region not only represented Council’s interests to Government, but was prepared to publicly call for the Government to swiftly finalise the issue and I thank her for her efforts.’
The Mayor also acknowledged the role of then Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett in first raising the matter of the State Government contributing to the remediation costs.
Under the agreement the $24 million will be paid to Council as follows:
- $6 million within 14 days
- $6 million before the end of the 2011/12 financial year
- $12 million before the end of the 2012/13 financial year.