The Ross Trust and Peninsula Waste Management want to turn the old Pioneer quarry on the side of Arthurs Seat into a putrid dumping ground.
The site was once an open cut granite mine but has since been reclaimed by nature and become a beautiful pristine place, with a stunning lake surrounded by bush that is home to many native plants and wildlife. It is in an environmentally valuable area in between two state parks and this proposal poses not only a massive health risk to Peninsula residents and the environment, but also threatens our thriving tourism industry and many local businesses.
The planning application for a tip in the quarry states that it will take all rubbish including asbestos and will not have any recycling capability.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council were supposed to oversee the conversion of the site into a lake with walking tracks and picnic areas for the residents of the Mornington Peninsula and it's visitors, but instead, we're now staring down the barrel of an absolute disaster.
On Sunday 25th August 2013, roughly 1000 members of the Mornington Peninsula Community formed a huge human NO TIP sign which was filmed and photographed from the air.
The community wanted to demonstrate their anger after an EPA Conference failed to answer their questions and concerns about the tip proposal. The message was filmed at the Hillview Reserve, Boundary Road, Dromana near to the Old Pioneer Quarry which the Ross Trust owns.
There were speakers from the community opposing the tip including Peninsula Preservation Group Inc. Mary Karamitsios from PPG said "The Ross Trust continues to push on with this application even though it has been demonstrated to them that the tip is not wanted or needed by anyone. "There are other safer, viable alternatives."
Dr Mark Fancett, Vice President of PPG pointed out that there is compelling scientific evidence that states that fire risk of this tip is magnified as this site is surrounded by bush land rated among the Shire's highest bushfire risk areas. "Litter, gas emissions, land and groundwater contamination would gravely affect the water table, Sheepwash Creek and the Bay and flora and fauna, some of them on the endangered list".
Rosalie White, owner of Mainridge Estate winery, representing the local vignerons said a bush fire starting in the proposed rubbish tip could devastate the peninsula's $60 million a year wine industry.
The Greens Sue Pennicuik MLC and local candidate Dr Martin Rush also spoke out against the tip.
The Ross Trust has so far barely responded to community concerns and the community wants to know why the Mornington Peninsula Shire failed to provide accessible information to the community about viable alternative waste management options.
For further information visit http://www.savearthursseat.com/
So far, over 20,000 people have signed petitions opposing the tip. To add your name to the list of objectors, go to http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/save-arthurs-seat?source=facebook-share-button&time=1367288058