Green Wedge uses scrutinised

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KINGSTON Council says it is cracking down on unauthorised activities in the Green Wedge including action on non-compliant waste transfer stations, truck storage businesses and non-approved signage.

Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos said council is committed to stamping out illegal practices in the Green Wedge and protecting the area for vital open space and agriculture.

“Council is committed to seeing the end of the waste industry in our Green Wedge, enhancing the area with new parklands and encouraging legal activities including market gardens,’ Cr Staikos said.

“We’re taking a tough approach to ensure that any unauthorised activities are quickly identified and ceased.”

Recent unauthorised activities in Kingston’s Green Wedge discovered by council include:

  • an unauthorised truck/bin storage business in Dingley Village. Council has been working with the owners and the trucks and most of the bins have now been removed.
  • an unauthorised transfer station was identified in Clayton South. The owners will now seek to obtain permission to continue the business legally.
  • unauthorised signage in Aspendale Gardens has been removed.
  • an unauthorised materials recycling/transfer station business was identified in Clayton South. The owners will now seek to obtain permission to continue the business legally.
  • an unauthorised transfer station in Dingley Village that had ongoing compliance issues, including proceedings at VCAT, is due to be successfully resolved with the land returned to its prior state in coming months.
  • Following lengthy action, trucks being stored on a Dingley Village site without a permit have now been removed.

“Council is taking positive action to protect our Green Wedge and stamp out unauthorised activities,” Cr Staikos said.

“Anyone who suspects unauthorised activities are taking place can contact council for our compliance officers to investigate.”

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 30 May 2018

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