Business still being pursued over tip issues

THE DISPUTE between the City of Greater Bendigo and Hopley Demolition continues.

The council accused the company of illegally trespassing on Crown land last year and councillors authorised legal action.

The council said the business had stored industrial waste at the old White Hills tip site without a permit.

Former Huntly mayor Viv Rouse asked a council meeting on Wednesday night why the council was pursuing the business.

At the moment we are implementing a resolution of the council - Prue Mansfield

“I find it difficult to understand why the councillors are allowing another issue to go to VCAT,” he said.

“The issue I refer to is the challenge again to the local recycling company which is seeking a permit to continue using part of the ex-White Hills tip site to store material, of which 96 per cent will be recycled for reuse.”

Council planning and development director Prue Mansfield said the issue was part of an ongoing legal matter.

“At the moment we are implementing a resolution of the council,” she said.

“I can’t comment because this is a legal matter.”

Ms Mansfield said late December there had been no indication the business planned to leave the site.

At the time she said the business continued to operate on the land. 

“We have started legal proceedings through the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal because there are no signs they are going to relocate voluntarily,’’ she said.

Hopley Demoliton could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. 

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