Contrary to the assertions of some Casey councillors and their boss Mike Tyler, VEXNEWS has learned that in fact the council agreed to a “consent order” on the development of properties closest to the council managed landfill and enthusiastically approved the rest of the estate.
Sources close to the developer have explained to VEXNEWS that the responsibility for the crisis rests solely at the feet of the council and its all-powerful boss Mike Tyler.
“Please do more digging on this. The council has been repeatedly warned by the Environmental Protection Agency over the landfill. From what I’m told it’s gone on for two years or more. The question of their management of the property was even considered by VCAT. They are just trying to shift the blame on to us or the state government or the courts but, at the end of the day, it’s their tip and their responsibility,” explained a source close to the project who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The council could face a multi-million dollar negligence claim from the hundreds of home-owners in the estate. Slater and Gordon are already sniffing around and are reportedly sending a team down to the area today to solicit interest – in the style of door-to-door salesmen – in a class action against Casey council, the developer and others responsible for the debacle.