Council takes positive action to protect the Green Wedge
28 February 2017
Kingston Council is cracking down on unauthorised activities in the Green Wedge including rubbish disposal, a wood yard and truck storage.
Kingston Mayor David Eden said the Green Wedge provided a vital area for open space and agriculture.
“Council is committed to seeing the end of the waste industry in our Green Wedge and enhancing the area with new parklands,” Cr Eden said.
“We’re also taking a tough approach to ensure that any unauthorised activities are quickly identified and ceased.”
Council has recently identified a range of unauthorised activities in Kingston’s Green Wedge including:
- an unauthorised wood yard in Clarinda, with the owners given seven days to cease the activity before further enforcement action is taken
- an unauthorised bin operation in Clayton South was given 30 days to respond before further action is taken
- two unauthorised truck storage facilities in Dingley Village were given 30 days to respond before further action is taken
- an unauthorised rubbish disposal in Heatherton has on-going compliance issues requiring the activities cease and the site returned to its original state. Council has now launched action at VCAT to pursue the matter.
- an unauthorised transfer station in Dingley Village that had on-going compliance issues, including proceedings at VCAT, is due to be successfully resolved with the land returned to its prior state in coming months.
“Council is taking positive action to protect our Green Wedge and stamp out unauthorised activities,” Cr Eden said.
“Anyone who suspects unauthorised activities are taking place can contact Council for our compliance officers to investigate.”