Dardanup community concerned as company avoids council

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times

The Dardanup community showed it still had concerns about potential expansions of the Banksia Road landfill site when it packed out a special council meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting had been called to consider three development applications proposed by Cleanaway as well as motions put forward at a special electors meeting prior to the applications being withdrawn.

Public question time accounted for a majority of the 90-minute meeting due to the changed circumstances.

Residents were told the value of Cleanaway’s proposed developments now exceeded $10 million which meant it needed to be decided on by the Southern Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) rather than the Dardanup Shire Council.

Councillors also voted to have the council’s chief executive officer refer Cleanaway’s application to store tailings to the Environmental Protection Agency for an impact assessment.

Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett said it remained a volatile situation.

“I think it is fair to say Cleanaway tried to get this through without the council and the community knowing too much,” he said.

“That didn’t happen so now they are trying to attack it another way by going through JDAP.

“That won’t mean it avoids council all together, but it takes some of the heat out of the argument.”

Cleanaway will consolidate its applications into one and has said it will hold two community information sessions in early May.

Once it has submitted its revised applications to the panel, the council will have an opportunity to provide comment.

The panel will then make a decision on whether or not to approve the application.

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