Time for government action at Numurkah tyre dump
Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says the tyre dump at Numurkah should be included in the Victorian Government’s audit of recycling facilities.
Ms Sheed raised the issue of the ongoing fire risk posed by the tyre recycling site near the Numurkah township in Parliament this week.
On Tuesday, Ms Sheed used her Constituency Question to ask the Minister for the Environment, Lily D’Ambrosio, if the tyre stack would be audited by a recently announced joint taskforce.
Last month, the Government announced an audit of key recycling sites requiring extra management measures to ensure community safety which will be undertaken by representatives from Environment Protection Authority, Country Fire Authority, Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Emergency Management Victoria.
On Wednesday, during a speech on the Environment Protection Bill, Ms Sheed further highlighted the potential risk to human and environmental health of the tyre stack, a concern heightened by a large fire at a Coolaroo recycling facility in July which triggered the audit.
“Tyres are flammable and when they are stored together in large volumes they can create a serious fire hazard which, once ignited, can be very difficult to extinguish,” Ms Sheed told Parliament on Tuesday.
“The impact of fires at recycling sites on local communities was highlighted by the recent Coolaroo fire which saw the evacuation of the community.
“While the Shire of Moira has taken the dump owners to the Supreme Court, tyres remain on the site close to the town, forming a hazard that many of my constituents have contacted me about.
“There has already been one fire at the tyre dump in 2013 and we do not want to see that happen again.”
Following parliamentary guidelines, a response from Minister D’Ambrosio is expected within 30 days.
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