Member for Morwell, Russell Northe has taken United Petroleum to task for its lack of action in addressing community concerns on the state of its old petrol station on the corner of Monash Way and Acacia Way Churchill.
After years of community angst, Mr Northe commenced a petition in January of this year with almost 2000 people signing the petition which called upon United to demolish the derelict buildings on site.
“The site has been a major eyesore for many years and the community have pleaded and pleaded for action,” said Mr Northe
“On behalf of our community I sent a formal letter and petitions to United Petroleum earlier this year, and disappointingly I have still not received a written response. I also am aware that Latrobe City Council have formally written to United Petroleum on same,” Mr Northe said.
“I have spoken on the phone with one of United’s asset managers who has suggested that United may seek to sell the property and they may seek to demolish the buildings prior to any sale; however this is cold comfort to Churchill residents who are confronted with this eyesore on a daily basis,” Mr Northe said.
The following statement appears on United’s website: “Australians who appreciate our competitive advantage of being 100% Australian Owned and independently operated have the opportunity to instantly make a difference to improve the immediate community. United will stand side by side with your club or group and proudly offer very real benefits”.
“All Churchill residents want is for United to uphold the above statement and demolish these disgraceful buildings, in fact I think we could easily get a local working group together and help them do the job quickly and efficiently,” Mr Northe said.
“If United were fair dinkum Australian as they say and a decent corporate citizen they would not allow this issue to fester, and would not let the uncertainty continue – they need to remove these buildings now,” Mr Northe said.