Court Orders Made
On 12 June 2015 the Authority accepted Hepburn Shire Council’s (Council) offer of an Enforceable Undertaking. The Undertaking was offered in response to the alleged offences in contravention of the Act.
Under the terms of the Undertaking, the Council commits to:
- Improve how it deals with green waste generated at transfer stations including implementation of green waste strategy that is in line with best practice.
- Undertake a community education program about waste disposal.
- Review all internal policies and procedures regarding the disposal of industrial waste – the work instructions will focus on the delivery of waste to Council transfer stations.
- Provide information and training to all current and future contractors regarding environmental management and the policies and procedures of the Council and deliver benefits to the local community.
- Present to Mayors/CEO forum and detail the breach of the Act and how the undertaking has improved the environmental performance of the council and deliver benefits to the local community.
- Present a workshop session at a Forum of the Grampians Central West Regional Management Group including sharing its revised environmental management policies and procedures.
- Install solar panels at the Clunes Warehouse (a community facility) and provide educational opportunities for the community on the benefits of alternative energy sources.
- Fund and manage the installation of interpretive sign at the Cenotaph in Clunes on Mount Beckworth that communications the Clunes community’s contribution to Australia’s military campaigns (including the single surviving “Lone Pine” that commemorates the end of the World War 1).
The Council undertakes to engage at its own cost, an Auditor to verify the Council’s compliance with the terms of the Undertaking and to prepare a ‘final assessment report’ which outlines each undertaking and provides the auditor’s professional assessment of the Council’s compliance with the terms of each undertaking.
The Council will provide the Authority with a copy of the Auditor’s ‘final assessment report’ and a written statement from its CEO that the Undertaking has been complied with.
The Council has committed to the following cost of compliance with this Undertaking:
(a) $7,000 improving the Council’s environmental performance by fixing the problem that led to the alleged breach;
(b) $25,000 improving the Council’s environmental performance by innovating for improved environmental performance;
(c) $28,000 delivering benefit to the local area/environment that was affected by the alleged breach; and
(d) $2,000 assisting in improving the environmental performance of the relevant industry more broadly.
The terms of the Enforceable Undertaking must be completed, with audit verification, no later than 30 September 2016.