Merivale tip proposal, federal politicians meet with Esperance Shire and EMTAG

Durack MP and Commonwealth Assistant Environment Minister Melissa Price and O’Connor MP Rick Wilson have met with key stakeholders in the Merivale Tip proposal.

Ms Price and Mr Wilson met with the Esperance Shire and the Esperance Merivale Tip Action Group (EMTAG) on Tuesday, August 7.

Assistant Minister Price said it was good to hear from council that the Lot 12 Kirwan Road site was the third site they had looked at.

“So they haven't just chosen one site and just gone ahead with it,” she said.

Mr Wilson said the shire had attempted to follow due process at all times

“Obviously with these sorts of sites, where ever you put it there's going to be people that object to the siting of it,” he said.

“What I have said and what the minister has reiterated, where there's a federal government approval required that will be a robust and rigorous process.

“That will make sure at the end of the process it will either be approved or it won't be approved but everybody will accept the result because it's been a fair and robust process.”

Ms Price said they were able to “allay” the tip action group’s fears regarding the state process and a potential federal process.

“I think they did leave here feeling quite comforted that that was actually the situation,” she said.

“I think the council is going about it in a very systematic and very reasonable way.”

EMTAG member Phil Chalmer said the group welcomed the opportunity to speak to the assistant minister and Mr Wilson.

“EMTAG has been confident about WA EPA process, but it was reassuring that the Federal Department of Environment would also get involved if it was necessary and appropriate,” he said.