News item release date: Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Statement from the Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Angela Altair:
"Council welcomes the Minister’s decision to accept the recommendations of the Advisory Committee either in full or in principle.
"Of the 17 recommendations, two thirds have been accepted in full and the other one third in principle.
"This is an important issue for our city as we have eight of Victoria’s 38 registered Major Hazard Facilities.
"Council has long been advocating for a state-led approach to land use planning around MHFs.
"I’d personally like to thank our Local Member, Wade Noonan for really getting this on the State Government’s agenda.
"Council expects that the recommendations, which will be implemented in the first half of this year, will provide clearer planning policies, better informed land rezoning processes, increased communication with the EPA and Worksafe and will provide clear guidelines about the siting of community, residential or educational facilities within the vicinity of an MHF.
"Council will continue to work closely with state government and advocate strongly for the best outcomes for our city."