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Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) recycling facility at Hazelwood North

Council to continue strong support and ensure community sentiments will be communicated with the government.

By news@gippsland - 23rd February 2021 - Back to News

Council will continue to strongly advocate to the Minister for Planning to listen to the community. Council will write to the Minister demanding urgent action to reverse his decision to approve the Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) recycling facility at Hazelwood North.

Council expressed sympathy but no judicial review

At Councilís Special meeting tonight, Councillors expressed their ongoing frustration and disappointment about the ministerial intervention into this matter under the auspice of the governmentís Development Facilitation Program. Council empathises with the community however, Latrobe City Council will not request a judicial review of the Victorian Planning Ministerís approval of Amendment C129 to the Latrobe Planning Scheme, which enables the ULAB facility to proceed.

Better health outcome for the Latrobe community?

Since receiving advice of the Planning Ministerís decision, Council has ensured that community sentiment relating to the health and environmental impacts of the approved facility have been communicated to the government. In past weeks, Council has written to the Premier of Victoria, along with Ministers for Health and Planning to seek an understanding why the State Government did not make any reference in the Latrobe Planning Scheme of the Health Innovation Zone when it was announced, given its commitment for better health outcomes for the Latrobe community.

ULAB Recycling Facility planning permit rejected

Last September following extensive community consultation, Council rejected an application for a planning permit for the ULAB Recycling Facility noting that it did not meet the requirements of the Latrobe City Planning Scheme. At tonightís meeting, Council reconfirmed their stance on the planning permit and standby their decision.


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