Sunbury Life news 5 April 2024

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Sunbury Life news 5 April 2024

Hume City Council was sentenced without conviction and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 plus costs following an incident at its Sunbury waste transfer station.

Council pleaded guilty at Broadmeadows Magistrates Court on Thursday 14 March to one charge that it failed to ensure people were not exposed to health or safety risks following an injury to a worker at its Riddell Rd tip in November 2021.

Its contractor, Cornfoot Bros Earthmoving, pleaded guilty to health and safety charges in relation to the same incident and was fined $25,000 plus costs.

Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre’s 50m outdoor pool may remain open year round following a campaign by Brian Millett – founder and coach of the Sunbury Triathlon Club.

His idea was picked up by Sunbury councillor Trevor Dance at a recent council meeting with fellow councillors supporting the idea. However, pen pushers at the council say it can’t be opened the pool this winter due to maintenance work at the centre.

The long vacant Uniting Church in Barkly Street is being surveyed by its leaseholder the department for families and fairness to see how much work is needed to keep the building safe.

A spokesperson for the department says it is in the process of providing a report on the building’s condition and any remediation works required.

Die hard Sunbury rock festival fan Deb Sweeney tells Sunbury Life about her campaign to see the festivals remembered in a special feature this week. She was among the crowds at the 1975 concert and is looking forward to the festival planned for Saturday 13 April.

Four teenagers aged between 14 and 16 were arrested on Monday 1 April following a three hour police chase that ended in the town’s Big W car park at around 10am.

It is alleged the offenders, armed with machetes, committed two home invasions and an attempted carjacking. 

The landmark Goona Warra vineyard has been listed for sale with a price guide of $8m. Described as an historically significant and culturally important site, the winery and its homestead at 780 Sunbury Rd were established in 1863.

Hi-Quality, in the news recently for its proposed waste-to-energy plant wants to extend its licence to handle spoil at its Sunbury Rd site until 2048. Its licence, granted to handle waste from the West Gate Tunnel project,  was due to end this year. Minister Sonya Kilkenny is to make a decision following feedback from Hume City Council.

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