Casey ratepayers may be stuck with a bill for tens of millions of dollars after a council-run Cranbourne “landfill” tip was mismanaged for two decades and now endangers the lives of hundreds of people living nearby.
Dangerous gases have been spewing out of the toxic tip causing a terrible stink and a potential risk of explosion and death.
The Casey Council says they opposed recent residential development in the area but locals complain the council caused the poisonous situation by mismanaging the tip and then failed to adequately warn prospective home purchasers of the risk they were making by building there.
Certainly the Council seems to be struggling in its response to the crisis, with Casey mayor Janet Halsall showing a distinct absence of compassion in a television interview above that highlighted the dangers her tip poses locals.
Toxic gases coming from the incompetently managed tip threaten to cost many families their brand-new homes, with as many as one hundred properties at risk costing an average of $400,000 each.
The total cost of cleaning up the devastated site and buying these properties could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The man ultimately responsible for the debacle is Council CEO Mike Tyler, who has been revealed as exercising near absolute power over the council he has run since 1994. His job has not been re-advertised in all that time and he receives regular significant payrises. His current salary is approximately $310,000 per annum, with other perks and benefits taking him up to $8000 per week.
Council critics say Tyler “took his eye off the ball” by being distracted by the “glitz and glamour” of city cocktail parties and wining and dining AFL Clubs to relocate to the area.
Meanwhile the Casey Council tip has emerged as a seething cauldron of filth and noxious gases that have engulfed the Brookland Greens estate.
Many council observers believe it is now a matter of when not if Casey Council CEO Mike Tyler is held accountable for his mismanagement of the council tip. Certainly it looms as a huge election issue across the municipality with ratepayers left in a deep financial hole as a result.