Council continues information gathering on Cleanaway operations

Cleanaway may have withdrawn its initial three development applications associated with an expansion of operations at the Banksia Road Landfill site, but the Shire of Dardanup is continuing its investigative work to assist with any future decisions that may be required in relation to the site.

Shire staff is currently reviewing a report provided by an independent consultant engaged by Council in April to audit previous planning approvals granted and conditions imposed in relation to Cleanaway’s existing operations at the site.

In reviewing the document, Cleanaway was additionally requested by the Shire of Dardanup to conduct its own internal audit of past approvals and associated conditions plus demonstrate its compliance with those conditions.

Earlier this month, the Shire of Dardanup also referred to the Environmental Protection Authority for assessment Cleanaway’s additional application made to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) for construction of a new Tailings Storage Cell at the Banksia Road site.

In response, the EPA last week opened a seven-day period of public comment for residents to provide input on whether they believe the EPA should conduct an environmental impact assessment on the proposal and if so, at what level.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett encouraged residents to make a submission.

To view and download Cleanaway’s Works Approval Application visit this page of the EPA website and click “Referral”.

To make a submission, visit this page of the EPA website.

“The community has made it very clear to Council that it has strong opinions on Cleanaway’s plans at Banksia Road so it is imperative residents take every opportunity presented by decision-makers to be heard,” Mr Bennett said.

“At this point, Council is unable to form a position on the issue one way or the other as it may yet become the decision-making authority in this process depending on the nature and scope of any future applications Cleanaway submits.

“In the meantime we will continue our investigations to ensure any potential future decisions are fully-informed and ensure the community remains up-to-date on any further developments in relation to this issue.”

Shire staff is also conducting a review of groundwater monitoring reports received in relation to the site over the past decade.

 

Mr Bennett said that process would likely take a few months and once completed, staff and Council could consider whether any further investigation was necessary.