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Tyre clean up complete

Tyre clean up complete

The final truck left the Numurkah site on Tuesday

The clean up of the Numurkah Tyre Stockpile is officially complete, with Moira Shire Council confirming the last truck left the site on Tuesday morning.

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Work on removing the 5,000 tonnes of tyres began in December last year, with up to eight trucks a day taking tyres to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved facility for shredding and recycling.

Moira Shire Council Mayor Libro Mustica said the Environment Protection Authority's decision to use their powers to address the risks associated with the site was welcome.

"For the past six years we have pursued all legal avenues to force the site owner to remove the tyres," he said.

"The EPA, council and the Numurkah community were very aware of the public health, safety and environmental risks associated with the site.

"These concerns were underscored by the CFA’s fire risk assessment in 2018 that rated the risk of fire as extreme and the consequences as catastrophic."

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D'Ambrosio, and EPA CEO Cathy Wilkonson visited the site last week.

Ms D'Ambrosio said by working with the EPA they are able to keep the community safe.

"We have delivered on our promise to remove this environmental hazard to protect the community and local businesses," she said.

Cr Mustica has thanked everyone involved in the clean up.

"It is with tremendous pride I congratulate the EPA, Tyrecycle and Moira Shire Council staff who have all worked together to produce the fantastic result you see here today," he said.

"The removal of 5,000 tonnes of tyres in [a] relatively short period of time did seem like a daunting prospect - yet here we are."

The council said the only work remaing is the general tidy-up of the area.

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