Four Corners

Four Corners

A major project concerning Mangrove Mountain Landfill that the Mountains District Association (MDA) has been working on for more than two years will be part of a dramatic Four Corners expose of the waste industry, to be aired next Monday, August 7th at 8:30 pm.

The Four Corners crew has spent weeks interviewing MDA members who have been researching the issue and has had film crews and helicopters on the mountain.

The Landfill Subcommittee of the MDA researched the landfill site and determined that it was originally approved to 80,000 cubic metres of waste, but now contains an unapproved gigantic mountain of 800,000 tonnes of waste, non-compliant with the development consent and in breach of The Protection of the Environment Operations Act of 1997. It was allowed to proceed by both Gosford City Council (GCC) and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

To the community’s absolute astonishment, in August 2014, a Land and Environment court order ratified a Heads of Agreement, negotiated by GCC (now amalgamated to become Central Coast Council) not managed compliance of the original approved limit of 80,000 cubic metres of waste, but incredibly it was a major contributor to this non-compliance, transferring in excess of 120,000 tonnes or approximately 170,000 cubic metres of waste from its own Woy Woy and Kincumber waste management facilities to Mangrove Mountain.

This landfill sits in a water course that supplies fresh water to more than 300,000 people on the NSW Central Coast. A massive pit on the site has been dug into the ancient aquifer, a major contributor to the Coast’s water supply. This pit, intended to hold more rubbish, is continually full of water leaking out of the excavated aquifer and, under heavy rain conditions,  fills with surface water and leachate from the waste mound, which is forced by hydaulic pressure back into the aquifer.

Please put the details in your diary and watch this Four Corners program:

ABC Television – Four Corners – Monday August 7th at 8:30 pm.

Tune into ABC Central Coast radio during the Breakfast program on Tuesday 8th August from 7:00 am to catch additional information.

Phone the program on 43671970 to express your concerns/outrage at the threat/risks to the drinking water posed by the Mangrove Mountain Landfill.

The time to act is now!