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RATWISE loses one of its Life Members

Stuart Marriner on his scooter fighting the cause.

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of our life member, Stuart Marriner, last week. From the very beginning, Stuart was the backbone of the RATWISE group. We met at his place as a group every first and third Wednesday of the month around the billiard table, which he often called the ‘battle room’.

We first met Stuart with his concern for the safety of the local environment and those who lived there through his amazing ability to recognise, research and bring his concerns to the public notice. He fought for the natural rights of all people to a clean and safe environment.

In the words of one RATWISE member, Stuart Marriner was a brilliant man that passed this way but once, and left his indelible foot print for others to follow into a better environment. We all have been touched by his presence.

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Petition Against Toxic Waste

Stop Toxic Waste

The Lyndhurst Landfill takes all of Victoria’s Toxic Waste. It is close to thousands of homes and workers in Dandenong South. Yet, Victoria DOES NOT HAVE a Hazardous Waste Management Policy.

This PETITION asks the State Government to develop a Hazardous Waste Management Policy.

If you would like to collect petitions yourself, please download a printable copy of the petition here, and get your family and/or friends to sign. Alternatively, a letter of support for the petition addressed to the Legislative Assembly of Victoria will be greatly appreciated. Please note that signed petitions and/or letters of support may be returned via Australia Post to:

PO Box 180,
Dingley, Vic., 3172

Also note that the online petition may still be viewed and signed at Stop Toxic Waste being dumped at the Lyndhurst Landfill via the Community Run web site. Unfortunately, the Victorian State Government does not accept online petitions, which is why we are urging people to download, sign and distribute physical copies of the petition.

Further note that, when signing, care should be taken to fill in all your details correctly, since an omission in details like entering your location as opposed to a physical address may render your signature invalid.

Registration of New Users

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Petition Against Toxic Waste Update

As many of you are aware, we are presently petitioning the Legislative Assembly of Victoria to produce a Hazardous (Prescribed Industrial) Waste Management policy, and to cease relying on the Lyndhurst landfill. Unfortunately, the State Government does not accept online petitions like the Federal government does. Consequently, we have created a printable petition form which may be downloaded and distributed to members of the community. Please, feel free to print as many copies as necessary to help support the cause. When enough signatures are collected, the forms may be returned through the post to:

PO Box 180,
Dingley, Vic., 3172

Please note that the online petition may still be viewed and signed at Stop Toxic Waste being dumped at the Lyndhurst Landfill via the Community Run web site. How much bearing it will have will depend whether or not a local Member of Parliament is willing to support the cause by raising it in the State Parliament….

First National Hazardous Waste Infrastructure Study

Skull and Cross Bones
According to, the Commonwealth Government has commissioned a major assessment of Australia’s current and future hazardous waste infrastructure needs and capacity.

The study is to be undertaken by Blue Environment in association with Randell Environmental Consulting and ENVIRON Australia. It will involve developing scenarios for future quantities of hazardous waste and a simultaneous research and consultation program, encompassing industry and state governments.

The final phase will put these two elements together to work out areas where current infrastructure may be inadequate for the future, with the project running until early 2015.

Lead author of the study and director of Blue Environment, Dr Joe Pickin, said the report including the data collected will be published on the Commonwealth Department of the Environment website, as well as being shared with Geoscience Australia for updating their database of Australia’s waste-related infrastructure.

Pickin said the study will focus on all liquid and solid hazardous wastes, including manufacturing wastes, contaminated soils and asbestos.

An important aspect of the project is an assessment of capacity to deal with the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that have been added to the Stockholm Convention since 2009.

Pickin also highlighted contaminated biosolids, of which large stockpiles exist, as another important element of the study. He noted that hazardous landfill capacity will be a key issue, particularly in Victoria and Tasmania.

First RATWISE Newsroom Post

Stop Toxic Waste Near You!

Welcome to our RATWISE Newsroom. As this is our first post, we will make it brief. Just to let you know that in the coming months, we aim to keep residents living close to landfills in Victoria (especially those situated close to the Lyndhurst landfill) up to date with the latest changes concerning State Government Legislation regarding the management of hazardous waste.

As the web site is still under construction, we are limiting subscribers of this forum (that is, people who can start a new topic) to the administrators. This, however, does not prevent anybody else from joining and/or replying to discussions, and any details that you provide (such as email addresses, etc.) will be kept confidential. Note, however, that this site does not provide facilities for secure transmission of information across the internet. Users should therefore be aware of the inherent risks of transmitting personal information across the internet.

Otherwise, we hope that you find our web site informative, and that you join our cause in supporting the following online petition against the dumping of toxic waste in the south east suburbs of Melbourne.