Council purchased the land and seems to be claiming the waste oil was in situ at the time of purchase. If council knew this, why was the previous owner not required to remove and rehabilitate the area before settlement? Who did council purchase this land from?
This is and was then an environmental issue, which council would have known at the time. Ignorance is no excuse.
The CEO also stated in the article it had been tested and was just engine oil. Why did he then go on Gulf FM and say it was transmission oil?
It is about time council better managed existing problems instead of making excuses for issues it conveniently chooses to ignore. Listening to the community would be a good start.
Neil Windsor, Moonta Bay