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.