Cleanaway boss confident he can gain community support at meetings

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times

Cleanaway WA general manager Damian Burton is confident he can get community support for the expansion of his company’s Banksia Road landfill site.

Speaking ahead of two community information sessions this week, Mr Burton said what the company was looking for approval to do was a really important project.

“This is not an activity in isolation — this is a project that will create jobs at the production facility of our potential client,” he said.

“At our own facility we currently employ between 12 and 15 daily but we expect to put on 15 to 20 more during construction which will all be local subcontractors.”

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The first session will be held at Dardanup Hall tonight before a second session at Ferguson Hall tomorrow.

Both sessions will run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Dardanup Environmental Action Group spokeswoman Jenny Trigwell said she hoped Cleanaway had addressed the community’s concerns.

“There has been limited community engagement in past years,” she said.

“We look forward to hearing how they will prevent windblown dust and water run-off leaving the site.

“We expect further public assurance that there will permanently be no night-time operations at the waste facility, including trucking movements to and from the site.”

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