EPA - North Wangaratta Football & Netball Club
09 May 2018, Mr McCurdy (Ovens Valley): I want to put on record the disgraceful way that the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) in Wangaratta has handled lead contamination on a site.
The North Wangaratta Football & Netball Club were ejected from their premises in August 2015 due to a small portion of the football ground having lead contamination.
The lack of urgency and the lack of respect for this great community club shows that the EPA are well out of touch with expectations of today.
This club will not play on their ground again this season, and it will be the 2019 football season before the Wangaratta football club play on their home ground.
This is appalling, and the EPA should be embarrassed by their tardiness.
If they cannot improve on their time frames in the future, they should be closed down and environmental decisions outsourced.
I am not disputing the actions required, but I am critical of the time lines involved.
Community clubs rely on volunteers, and this ground being out of action for nearly three years now has put pressure on surrounding clubs.
Thanks to the Wang Rovers, the Wang Magpies and all of the clubs who have assisted.
Country communities know how to help each other.