Bushfire Survey

As we recover from the bushfire, the MDA will be keen to contribute to the many reviews which are likely to eventuate. In order to represent community opinion as accurately as possible, we have designed a two-pronged approach: Firstly, a short survey (2-3 minutes) which we hope will let us gather, and categorise, feedback from a wide variety of people Secondly, a chance to come together and learn something of the stories behind those responses at the AGM on the 12th February So, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey, and if you’d like to come along … Continue reading Bushfire Survey

AGM Rescheduled

After the bushfires interrupted our AGM in early December, we promised to reschedule as things calm down. While many people are no doubt continuing to deal with the aftermath, not to mention the occasional new event, we thought it best not to delay any longer, and so we cordially invite you to the … AGM on Wednesday the 12th February at the Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club at 7pm There is often a reluctance to attend such meetings for fear of being ’roped-in‘ to serving on the committee. So let us assure you up front that all current office holders are … Continue reading AGM Rescheduled

A Day in Court

The issue of the Mangrove Mountain Landfill will finally gets it’s in court, with the issue coming before the Land & Environment Court today (18/11/2019). Central Coast Council is now taking action against the landfill operator, Verde Terra Pty Ltd and the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for its failure to prevent the alleged illegal dumping. The hearing is expected to run for three weeks. The media release from the Environmental Defenders Office, which has been assisting the MDA for a number of years on this, and other issues, can be found here. Continue reading A Day in Court

Central Coast Council has “Declared a Climate Emergency”

From the Coast Community News … Central Coast Council has “declared a climate emergency” on the motion of Cr Kyle MacGregor.Three councillors left the room before the debate, declaring pecuniary interest conflicts did not allow them to stay. Three other councillors voted against the motion. They were Crs Greg Best, Chris Burke and Troy Marquart. The declaration directs the CEO to prepare a report on the costs to implement a series of measure including: immediately implementing council’s climate change policy and setting council emissions reduction target below 2017/18 levels. Cr MacGregor, a Labor councillor, also asked the report to identify … Continue reading Central Coast Council has “Declared a Climate Emergency”

Community’s Chance to Stop Mangrove Mountain Landfill

Making a Submission In making a submission you need to ask yourself one question – “Do I want to risk the water supply that will be consumed by me, my children and my grandchildren being contaminated by toxic pollutants in the future when I have a chance to put a stop to it now?” If you oppose the renewal of this licence and your answer is NO, then send a Submission to the EPA saying so. Email it to: MMLSubmissions@epa.nsw.gov.au OR mail a paper copy to: MML Submissions – Waste Branch, Environment Protection Authority, PO Box A290, Sydney South NSW 1232. … Continue reading Community’s Chance to Stop Mangrove Mountain Landfill

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Mountain Districts Association wins Prestigious Environment Award

The 2017 Nature Conservation Council Award for the most outstanding environment group has been won by the Mountain Districts Association. The Group Award is given annually to a Member Group of the Nature Conservation Council (NCC) that has demonstrated outstanding commitment and success in the conservation of the environment in NSW. In presenting the award Opposition Environment spokesperson Penny Sharpe spoke about the more than two year campaign waged by the Mountain Districts Association (MDA) to have the massive landfill at Central Mangrove closed and remediated. This campaign led to the dramatic Four Corners exposé of the waste industry aired … Continue reading Mountain Districts Association wins Prestigious Environment Award

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A potential catastrophe? Mangrove Mountain Waste Landfill

This landfill site in Mangrove Mountain lies in a watercourse, and in the catchment for the Central Coast potable water supply. Runoff (leachate) from the landfill flows into the catchments of Hallards and Stringybark creeks. These run into Ourimbah Creek, where water is pumped by Wyong Shire Council into Mardi Dam for the Wyong town water supply. Water is also pumped from Mardi Dam into Mangrove Creek Dam for the Gosford town water supply. The Mountain Districts Association (MDA) is concerned that both Gosford City Council (GCC) and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) have failed to exercise their respective statutory … Continue reading A potential catastrophe? Mangrove Mountain Waste Landfill

Latest Verde Terra Development Application

Making a Submission to Central Coast Council An important Note before you get started It’s important to point out that anonymous submissions are not accepted. However, Council will remove your personal details before placing your submission on its website. Closing Date Your submission, whether online or in writing, must be received by Council by the closing date for public exhibition of the DA. Any late submissions will not be considered. The call for public submissions closes 14 March 2019 Please note that this is a different issue from the renewing of VT’s licence in the Land & Environment Court, and … Continue reading Latest Verde Terra Development Application