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Special Council meeting - Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) recycling facility at Hazelwood North

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.

This outcome follows Council’s Special meeting tonight, where Councillors expressed their ongoing frustration and disappointment about the ministerial intervention into this matter under the auspice of the government’s Development Facilitation Program.

Council empathises with the community however, Latrobe City Council will not request a judicial review of the Victorian Planning Minister’s approval of Amendment C129 to the Latrobe Planning Scheme, which enables the ULAB facility to proceed.

Since receiving advice of the Planning Minister’s decision, Council has sought to ensure that community sentiment relating to the health and environmental impacts of the approved facility have been communicated to government.

In past weeks, Council has written to the Premier of Victoria, along with Ministers for Health and Planning to seek an understanding as to why 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

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 tonight’s meeting, Council reconfirmed their stance on the planning permit and standby their decision.

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