Hopley agrees to stop

HOPLEY Demolition has given an undertaking it will not place any new waste or material on the old tip site at White Hills.

The company was last August ordered to clean up and get off crown land the City of Greater Bendigo claimed it had been illegally trespassing on for several years.

The city claimed Hopley Demolition was storing truckloads of industrial waste on the old tip site at White Hills without having a lease for the site.

The company does have permits to operate a crushing and recycling facility on land alongside the old tip. 

Planning and development director Prue Mansfield said in August the company was encroaching on neighbouring crown land and despite council trying to work with Hopley Demolition, immediate action needed to be taken because it was unknown if the site was safe for use.

A Meinhardt report commissioned last year deemed extensive detailed assessments were needed at the site before it was proven safe for future use.

THE city started legal proceedings against Hopley Demolition in December after claiming the company failed to meet demands to clean up and get off the site.

“Hopley Recycling has given an undertaking to place no new waste or material on the non-permitted landfill site,'' Ms Mansfield said yesterday.

"Hopley Recycling has also agreed to provide a comprehensive relocation plan, including evidence of the amount of materials, the rate of processing and the rate of disposals.

"The city has been trying to get these two steps agreed to by Hopley Recycling for many months.

"These two elements will enable the city to, in the best case scenario, reach agreement with Hopley about a time frame to remove the material from the non-permitted site.''

Ms Mansfield said if agreement was not reached, VCAT would determine what was required by both parties to resolve the issue.

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