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Company withdraws works approval application

A change of mind has altered plans for a soil recycling facility at Bird?s Mobile Quarry in Castlemaine.

EPA Victoria north west regional manager Jeff Cummins said following continued community concerns the site owner had withdrawn his consent for SP AusNet to use the site.

?SP AusNet has subsequently withdrawn the works approval application before EPA for consideration. This means the current process has come to an end.?

Mr Cummins said EPA, Mt Alexander Shire Council and SP AusNet recently met with members of the Castlemaine community to discuss community concerns and alternate sites that might be suitable for such a facility.

?SP AusNet will address the community?s concerns relating to uncovered soil stockpiles at the gas works site by covering them to minimise any off site dust and odour impacts.

?EPA is committed to an efficient environmentally and socially safe clean up of the former gas works site on Forest Street. We will work with both the company and the community to ensure this happens.?

Mr Cummins said when another site had been identified for the soil recycling facility the company would submit a new works approval application.

?This application, similarly to the original one, will be open for a period of public submission, which we will advise the community of in due course.?

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