Development applications withdrawn by Cleanaway

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times

Three controversial development applications made to Dardanup Shire Council have officially been withdrawn by Cleanaway.

The applications to expand the operating capacity of the Banksia Road landfill site had previously been placed on hold prior to the company announcing its intention to withdraw the applications with the intention of revising them.

The company will consolidate its applications into one and provide further detail about its five-year plan following advice from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Shire of Dardanup.

The applications will then need to be assessed by the Join Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) due to an increase in value.

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Cleanaway WA general manager Damian Burton said combining the applications would provide the community with a clear understanding of the company’s five-year plan for the site.

“We have received extensive feedback from the community about our applications and in light of this we are revising and submitting our proposal mid to late-May,” he said.

An application to allow the site to be operated 24-hours a day will not be part of the revised application.

“We have heard the community loud and clear, and we will not be pursuing a 24-hour operating license,” Mr Burton said.

“We are in the process of undertaking a further traffic impact assessment and we will continue to monitor truck speeds and work with the shire who are responsible for approving truck routes.”

The company will also hold community information sessions next month in Dardanup and Ferguson.

Mr Burton said Cleanaway was 100 per cent committed to “being a good neighbour and contributor” and had intentions to improve how it engaged with the community.

A special council meeting will take place tonight from 5pm at the Eaton Administration Centre to consider the minutes of the March special electors meeting concerning the original applications.

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