MINISTER MUST SUSPEND CURRENT AGL EES PROCESS

Due to the return of COVID-19 Stage 3 restrictions this week, State Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne must suspend the current 40 business day public exhibition period of the Environment

Effects Statement (EES), for its proposed gas import jetty at Crib Point until the current restrictions have been lifted.

The return of Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions on 8 July has placed Mornington Peninsula Shire residents under lockdown for the next 6 weeks.

Residents are not permitted to leave their homes except for four reasons: necessary goods or services, work and education if necessary; medical care or compassionate reasons, exercise and recreation.

The current COVID-19 lockdown will continue until 11:59PM on Wednesday 19 August.

Comments attributed to Member for Hastings, Neale Burgess: 

I have written to Minister Wynne requesting that the current 40 business day exhibition period be suspended until the current 6 week COVID-19 lockdown expires on 19 August.

The latest COVID-19 lockdown has come at short notice and a shock to Mornington Peninsula residents and it is only fitting and proper that they be permitted to focus and adjust over the next 6 weeks to these challenging Stage 3 restrictions.

The latest lockdown makes it impossible for residents to meet face to face, hold working groups or hold public meetings to discuss and explain the enormous and complex EES documentation.

It would not be fair on the community for the current EES public exhibition period to continue under these unusual and difficult circumstances.

To continue at this time would only undermine public confidence in this crucial and important public exhibition process.

 

Media Contact: Neale Burgess: 5977 5600