Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith. It concerns the proposed use of the Rosebud foreshore reserve for the location of the Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre. I first raised this with the minister on 16 August 2012, and Mr Scheffer has also raised it a number of times. When I first raised this matter I pointed out to the minister that I took issue with the basis on which he had granted coastal consent for the use of the Rosebud foreshore and I asked him to publicly explain that consent, given that the then Department of Sustainability and Environment had consistently advised against such use as it would be inconsistent with the Victorian coastal strategy.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- In February the Victorian National Parks Association released its report The Coast is Unclear -- An Uncertain Future for Nature along the Victorian Coast. This comprehensive report explores coastal planning and management issues all around Victoria's coastline.
For 30 years now I have been campaigning to clean up the Western Suburbs in the face of hazardous, toxic and other waste.
I was a founding member of the Hazardous Materials Action Group or HAZMAG.
This week I put in my formal objection to the proposed expansion of Boral’s Western Landfill in Ravenhall.
My personal objection was in addition to more than 4,000 already received by Melton Council.
And it was just last week that I put in a formal objection to a proposed above ground expansion of the Wests Road tip in Werribee.
Debate resumed from 13 November; motion of Mr BARBER (NorthernMetropolitan):
That this house calls on the government to implement a permanent ban on the exploration or development of unconventional gas fossil fuels across Victoria.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. It relates to the plight of koalas that have been living in commercial blue gum plantations in south-west Victoria, as raised in the ABC's 7.30 Report on 22 July 2013. I am relying on the transcript of that program, which reported that ironically the blue gum plantations that are now part of failed management investment schemes have become places of refuge for koalas as their natural habitat dwindles, but as the plantations are harvested the native animals face deadly threats. They are turning out to be temporary and dangerous homes as the koalas often suffer serious injury and even death when the timber is harvested.
In state parliament last night, Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik called on Minister Ryan Smith to incorporate the disused Pioneer Quarry site into the Arthurs Seat State Park.
Peninsula Waste Management (PWM), owned by the R E Ross Trust have applied to Mornington Peninsula Shire to convert the old quarry into a tip for municipal, industrial, commercial and asbestos waste. There appears to be no plan for recycling at the proposed tip.
"While R E Ross himself operated quarries, including the Hillview quarry in Dromana, one of the three core purposes of the R E Ross Trust, established under his will, is ‘nature conservation with particular regard to the purchase of land for the protection and preservation of flora and fauna’,” * Ms Pennicuik said.
“The old quarry site is adjacent to Arthurs Seat State Park – a haven for eagles, kites, swamp wallabies, and many other species. It is a special and beautiful site on the escarpment with sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay," Ms Pennicuik said. "It is clearly no place for a tip."
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- By leave, I move my amended motion 589:
That this house expresses its concern that the Minister for Environment and Climate Change has granted coastal consent for the construction of a boat ramp at Bastion Point, Mallacoota, known as 'Option 3b' despite --
(1) the Gippsland Coastal Board opposing it;
(2) 87 per cent of submissions to the 2007 inquiry EES opposing it;
(3) the October 2008 independent panel report on the ocean access boat ramp, Bastion Point Mallacoota, recommending that a minor improvement to the existing boat ramp is as much as should be done at Bastion Point; and
(4) The Department of Sustainability and Environment and Department of Transport recommending an alternative option H2;