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Residents voice concerns over Lara energy plant

September 19, 2023 9:09 am in by
An artist's impression of the waste-to-energy plant [Engage Victoria]

Lara residents say there are more questions than answers about a controversial waste-to-energy plant proposed for the town’s outskirts.

More than 100 people rallied through Lara on the weekend in opposition to the project, proposed for McManus Road, within the Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct.

It has been more than two years since the community were able to meet with project proponents Prospect Hill International.

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The company has defended that, saying when the project was first advertised, it was during the pandemic and community engagement was limited.

Resident Charles Street said it was still unclear where the waste would come from, or even if there was a business case.

“In the official application documents, there’s over 1,900 pages of material,” he said.

“Yet there is so much missing.”

Mr Street said patience with the EPA and the permit process had also turned to concern, given the watchdog initially said it was due to soon make a decision on the project two-and-a-half years ago.

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“The community has become alarmed, how come this is taking so long and no decision, what’s going on?”

Prospect Hill International said the site was located close to potential waste sources, and had good transport links, being close to the Princes Freeway and Geelong Ring Road.

Charles Street says it would be 2000 metres from the front door of his house, and worries what might be burnt there and if its been shipped in from the Port of Geelong.

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