Arthurs Seat quarry landfill plan closer

PENINSULA Waste Management is expected to submit plans this week to turn the former Pioneer Quarries site at Arthurs Seat into a landfill.

The organisation has spent the past few months drawing up plans and consulting community members.

Peninsula Waste Management development manager David Maltby said everything had been signed off and it was simply a matter of lodging the forms with Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Environment Protection Authority.

Plans afoot: The proposed Arthurs Seat quarry site. Picture: Daryl Gordon

“I am confident the documentation is accurate and meets all the necessary requirements.”

He said the project could take months to go through the necessary protocols.

“We expect the project to go to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, so it could be up to a year before anything happens. Over the coming months we will be responding to issues people have raised and meeting with members of the community to discuss their concerns.”

The former quarry has already been recognised as a preferred landfill location under the council’s regional waste management plan.

Just off Boundary Road, the site is four kilometres from the main precinct of Arthurs Seat.

Mr Maltby was quick to clarify that it was the old quarry site that was being put forward as a proposed landfill site and not the current Hillview Quarry site, which is just west of the site in Dromana.

The development has been met with some community resistance

More than 100 people attended a public meeting about the tip proposal in March and banners have been displayed at various locations on the peninsula opposing the tip.

There was also an advertisement placed in local newspapers last week by Andrew and Joy Duncan of Dromana and headed ‘No tip for the Arthurs Seat escarpment, Dromana’. It described the proposed tip as a “toxic timebomb” that future generations would have to clean up.

The advertisement also raised queries over the site’s proximity to Sheepwash Creek and the possibility of leachate leaking into Port Phillip Bay.

Mr Maltby said opposition to the application was to be expected.

“Like most things, you can’t expect to keep everybody happy but we are confident the proposal won’t impact negatively on anybody,” he said. “If we couldn’t demonstrate that it could be run safety and properly, we wouldn’t be submitting the application.”

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