POLLUTION CONCERNS: Friends of Baldwin president Don Lynch is concerned with rubbish and pollution entering the waterways. Photo taken on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
POLLUTION CONCERNS: Friends of Baldwin president Don Lynch is concerned with rubbish and pollution entering the waterways. Photo taken on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Fears Kepnock development will pollute Baldwin Swamp

FRIENDS of Baldwin Swamp president Don Lynch has raised concerns after submissions closed yesterday for the shopping centre proposed for FE Walker St, Kepnock.

Mr Lynch said if the development was to go ahead the wetlands would become more polluted with run-off from the commercial area.

"We've had the two approvals of Masters and Aldi already and I'm absolutely sure the others will get the approval too - causing more waste," Mr Lynch said.

"There would be an increase of between 50 - 95% more rubbish in the water ways.

"Which will add enormous problems to this low lying ground here at Lake Ellen."

The Friends of Baldwin Swamp currently meet at the wetlands collecting rubbish from around the area.

"We can pick up the all the rubbish," Mr Lynch said.

"But it's the oil, petrol and commercial waste that we cant do anything about.

"We are fighting a war for the environment and not against the development per say just against where the location will be."

The council's Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Councillor Danny Rowleson said the issue of waste from the approved developments are dealt with in the appropriate manner but could not comment on developments that had not yet been approved.

"There are conditions imposed under the development and these are adequately dealt with when it comes to waste removal," Cr Rowleson said.

"The council has processes in place to remove rubbish and some the drains in the area are currently being rectified and upgraded.

"The council is very mindful to keep the area pristine."

Mr Lynch said that the council should be commended for having the wetlands and looking after it, although his concerns still remained on what will happen to the environment around the area when further development goes ahead.

"I don't want to rev anyone up - we just need a fair go," Mr Lynch said.

"It's a matter of a need verse want - surely we don't really need the development I know a lot of people want it - but we need to think of the damage to the environment that will be caused if placed in this area."



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