CEN recently sought your help in opposing the Mangrove Mountain Landfill matter presently before the Land and Environment Court. In that case, the landfill operator, Verde Terra Pty Ltd, applied to have its environment protection licence (EPL 11395) renewed, to enable it to resume operations at the Mangrove Mountain Landfill site.
While this court case continues, Verde Terra has launched action on a new front, with a Development Application (DA 55862/2018) being submitted to Central Coast Council to reopen the Mangrove Mountain landfill.
The DA is currently on public exhibition, and we are seeking your help, yet again, to oppose Verde Terra’s ongoing efforts to legitimise the environmental disaster in our water supply catchment they are seeking to expand and perpetuate at Mangrove Mountain.
The considerable profit to be had from absorbing Sydney’s waste means that Verde Terra will almost certainly continue its efforts to reopen the Mangrove Mountain Landfill by whatever means possible, and this new effort on their part shows that they’re not giving up any time soon!
CEN vigorously opposes this application, and …
Is seeking your help to oppose Verde Terra’s efforts by making a submission to the Central Coast Council with regards to this latest application.
The submission for a DA was lodged with Central Coast Council (CCC) on the 21st December 2018 as an Integrated Development. CCC subsequently determined that it was both a ‘Designated’ and ‘Integrated’ Development, and as such would require an (EIS) (Central Coast Express Advocate, 7 February 2019, p. 33).
CCC opposes expansion of the landfill due to concerns over potential impacts on groundwater and contamination of the water supply. Verde Terra is seeking to legitimise the current illegal operation and to greatly expand it.
An important note before you get started
It’s important to point out that anonymous submissions are not accepted. However, Council will remove your personal details before placing your submission on its website.
Your submission, whether online or in writing, must be received by Council by the closing date for public exhibition of the DA. Any late submissions will not be considered.
The deadline for public submissions is close of business on the 14 March 2019
Please note that this is a different issue from the renewing of VT’s licence in the Land & Environment Court, and it requires a new submission.
How to make a submission on DA 55862/2018
Follow the links to the form and instructions:
Scroll down the page until you locate DA 55862/2018.
DA Number: DA 55862/2018
Property address: 1752 Wisemans Ferry Road, Central Mangrove NSW 2250
Information you may include in your submission
Note: You must provide reasons for your opposition
I strongly oppose DA 55862/2018 because:
- the supporting information is inaccurate, incomplete and misleading in that it suggests that it is simply about alterations and additions to approved environmental management activities associated with an approved landfill at this address.
- The environmental management activities are not approved but are the subject of unresolved proceedings in the Land & Environment Court.
- The current landfilling activity was never presented to Council in its present form and extent and is not approved.
- Verde Terra claims that it wishes to follow the EPA’s Guidelines for Solid Waste Landfills, yet it has been in breach of many of these Guidelines for many years.
- The Guidelines clearly identify that this landfill is in an inappropriate area for a landfilling operation and would not nowadays be permitted.
- Verde Terra claims that there are limited options for disposal of non-putrescible waste in the Central Coast and surrounding regions. This has no bearing on whether the MML should expand or even exist in a water catchment with a high risk of contaminating the Central Coast water supply.
- It is not acceptable that a 7 million m3 leachate holding pond should be sited within 10 m of a creek gully that leads to Ourimbah Creek.
- There is no mention of the InSitu Advisory Pty Ltd report prepared by the consultant Alan Dyer for the EPA, ‘Assessment of Interim Environmental Controls, Mangrove Mountain Landfill’, May 2018. There were 23 recommendations arising from this report to improve the environmental safety of the landfill, none of which appears to have been implemented. This is a glaring omission. Only four of Alan Dyer’s 2017 Technical, Environmental and Operational Review’s 61 recommendations are mentioned as to be implemented.
- Dust, noise, methane gas and smell will potentially impact neighbouring Central Mangrove School, adjoining private properties, the MM Golf Course and the Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club and restaurant.
Background on Mangrove Mountain Landfill
You may or may not have heard of Mangrove Mountain Landfill. It sits at the highest point of the Central Coast water catchment and threatens the quality of the community's water supply. Both Central Coast Council and the EPA admit this fact. The Landfill is located at the Mangrove Mountain Golf Course on the boundary between Gosford LGA and Wyong LGA. The threat comes from escaping leachate produced by the landfill that can seep into the underlying groundwater aquifer. This landfill has been getting bigger since 2001 and is currently 10X its approved size.
The landfill has lain idle since 2014, following action in the Land and Environment Court, although there is still the matter of 800,000 cubic metres of waste sitting there without an effective lining underneath to prevent the escape of toxic leachate into the groundwater.
Scientific study has demonstrated that almost half of the stream flow in Ourimbah Creek comes from this groundwater. Central Coast Council pumps out of Ourimbah Creek into Mardi Dam. Water in Mardi Dam is shared with Mangrove Creek Dam. These are the two potable water storage facilities for the entire Central Coast. And there lies the problem!
The Mountain Districts community has been engaged for over ten years, opposing this threat to the regional water supply. Presently the matter is in the Land and Environment Court, again. The landfill operator, Verde Terra Pty Ltd, applied to have its environment protection licence (EPL 11395), renewed on the 2 August 2018, to enable it to resume operations. The licence application was refused by the EPA on the 9 August 2018, and Verde Terra lodged an appeal against this decision in the Court on or around the 15 August 2018. If successful, this will authorise the importation of 1.318 million tonnes of new waste in addition to the existing vast waste mound, without submitting a new Development Application or Environmental Impact Statement
On behalf of the community, Mountain Districts Association vigorously opposes this application and calls on members of the general public to do the same by making a submission to the EPA.