Community Consultation Vital

Council officers have given Caltex approval for additional tanks in Spotswood – as close as 150 metres to homes – without any community consultation.  I am disappointed this occurred.

The law sets out the minimum requirements in terms of community consultation, but the council should always try to exceed them and be fair with residents. I think it would have been entirely appropriate for the council to consult with the community before issuing a planning permit even though the council was not legally obligated to do so.

I’m not the Mayor any more and this application was not in my ward, so I didn’t have any input into this decision. If this was in my ward – Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn or Seaholme – I would have opposed the absence of community consultation.

I have asked the council officers to prepare some information about this application and put it on the council website. I urge residents to make applications to the EPA regarding the Works Approval if they have any concerns about this expansion of the Caltex activities in Spotswood.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/west/caltex-to-build-eight-new-terminals-150m-from-spotswood-homes-public-not-given-a-say/story-fngnvmj7-1226715204479