Dardanup go slow delivers message against landfill site expansion

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
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A long procession of Dardanup and Ferguson residents showed their opposition to the expansion of operations at the Banksia Road landfill site by driving slowly through the region on Tuesday.

A convoy of cars, utes, trucks and tractors left from Wells Recreation Park at 10.30am on a two-hour long trip towards the landfill site and back out to South Western Highway.

Dardanup Environmental Action Group spokeswoman Ellen Lilly said more than 120 vehicles took part in the action.

“It was all done in a very positive manner and we proceeded safely along the route while sitting on about 25 km/h,” she said.

“We were hoping for 100 vehicles so to end up with more than that was a really great tribute to the community and how passionate we are about this.”

Banners spelled out clear messages to both the operator of the landfill site, Cleanaway, and the company which is set to potentially store it tailings there, Albemarle.

“I hope they realise that our concerns are not going away and people are willing to support the cause to make a change,” Mrs Lilly said.

“There was quite a bit of hype when we had all returned because people felt like they had contributed.

“A lot of the lobbying we do is as a small group and can be quite adversarial, but this sort of activity was about being positive.”

She said driving through Bunbury and Eaton with a smaller convoy of vehicles was to be discussed at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

“We were going to do it on the same day but we didn’t want to do it on the same scale,” she said.

“There were a few trucks and tractors that drove around Bunbury by themselves, but we will also do something more organised.”

Concern over what might be in the tailings led Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett to make a statement last week that council would be unlikely to support the site storing tailings if they posed an adverse risk to the community.

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