Heritage Register decision still in process

Posted on 5 June 2017


Latrobe City Council will continue to advocate to ensure the Morwell Power Station and Briquette Factories do not become a burden on the community, whatever the outcome from the Heritage Victoria recommendations.

The Executive Director of Heritage Victoria released the recommendation to the Heritage Council to place the Morwell Power Station and Briquette Factories on the Heritage Victoria Register.
The land surrounding the Morwell Power Station and Briquette Factories has not been recommended for inclusion.

Latrobe City mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan said a registration process with Heritage Victoria was still required before the Morwell Power Station and Briquette Factories could be placed on the register.

“Latrobe City Council will advocate and lobby to ensure that whatever the final decision is for this facility, that it will not become a burden to the community. It will also advocate that all issues around asbestos management and contaminants are resolved to the satisfaction of the community,” Cr O’Callaghan said.
“It is imperative that the cost of maintaining this asset is never borne by our ratepayers. Nor should they be left with an abandoned decaying industrial site

“Disused buildings can quickly become dilapidated.  Deterioration of an industrial building, if left without appropriate ongoing facility maintenance, can pose risks to our community in the form of asbestos, ground water contamination and fugitive dust. It is council’s role to hold those to account who are responsible for managing these sites.”

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