TIM McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) has criticised the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) handling of the North Wangaratta Football and Netball Club ground clean-up in parliament, describing their handling of the site as “disgraceful.”
“The lack of urgency and the lack of respect for this great community club show the EPA is well out of touch with expectations of today,” Mr McCurdy told parliament.
He said it was appalling the club would not play on its ground again this season.
“The EPA should be embarrassed by its tardiness and if they cannot improve on their time frames in the future, they should be closed down and environmental decisions outsourced.
“I am not disputing the actions required, but I am critical of the time lines involved.“Community clubs rely on volunteers, and this ground being out of action for nearly three years now has put pressure on surrounding clubs.”
Government members hit back at Mr McCurdy’s criticism saying he was not qualified to judge the EPA.
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