Local member Tim Pallas was heckled and jeered at while attending last nights meeting of the Wyndham Community Activist Group. He arrived with Peter Zammit (Head of the Westgate Tunnel Authority) who did not speak at the event.
As the anger over the dumping of toxic soil containing PFAS and asbestos grows, Mr. Pallas stood in front of an angry crowd and made the following statements to the group.
- “There is no suggestion whatsoever that there will be a toxic waste dump or a long term containment facility in Wyndham.”
- “I want you also to recognise that in terms of this waste, to the extent that it is going to be permanently located, it will be taken out of the western suburbs of Melbourne and put into a proper containment facility”
- “No decision has been made around this, no decision”
- “This is not a decision that the government is making in terms of options for placement”
As Mr. Pallas began to leave he waved to the crowded room with some attendees continuing to hurl abuse at him. Organisers of the meeting commended Mr. Pallas for his decision to attend the meeting.
The group then moved the motion “We are vehemently opposed to any dumping of contaminated soil in Wyndham”, to which there was a resounding “Agree!”
The activist group organisers stated that there has been no community consultation and are attempting the consultation process with Transurban directly.
The activist group are also planning to organise a blockade of the site as early as next week to ensure no trucks will be able to enter or travel through the already congested streets of Wyndham.
What is PFAS
PFAS stands for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances and are manufactured chemicals used in products that resist heat, oil, stains and water.
According to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), studies on PFAS workers have looked for effects on cholesterol levels, male hormones, heart disease, liver changes and other effects, including cancer. These studies have not consistently shown that PFAS exposure is linked to health problems.
What is Asbestos
Asbestos is a term used to refer to six naturally occurring silicate minerals. All are composed of long and thin fibrous crystals, each fiber being composed of many microscopic ‘fibrils’ that can be released into the atmosphere by abrasion and other processes.
Asbestos is dangerous because it has the ability to break down into microscopically thin fibers. … Once lodged in the lung tissue, these fibers can cause several serious diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis (a scarring of the lung tissue) and mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lung cavity).