Coun­cil gives quarry green light

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

A con­tro­ver­sial quarry in Roe­lands was ap­proved by Har­vey Shire Coun­cil last week, de­spite strong op­po­si­tion and three failed at­tempts to get the ap­pli­ca­tion over the line.

On Septem­ber 11 plan­ning ser­vices staff rec­om­mended the coun­cil grant an ex­trac­tive in­dus­tries li­cence for Brunswick com­pany B&J Cata­lano to ex­tract 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes a year on Lot 501 Coal­fields Road in Roe­lands.

Shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said de­spite the at­ten­dance of 48 quarry op­po­nents at last week’s coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors had no choice but to ap­prove the quarry on its le­gal mer­its.

“Fol­low­ing the SAT (State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal) ap­proval the coun­cil had no al­ter­na­tive than to ac­cept, with con­di­tions, that an ex­trac­tion in­dus­try li­cence could be ap­proved for the site,” Cr Jack­son said.

“If we had not ap­proved it we would have been open to le­gal ac­tion.”

B&J Cata­lano first ap­plied for plan­ning con­sent in Oc­to­ber 2013, when it was re­fused by the coun­cil be­cause con­cerns about the loss of amenity to nearby landown­ers.

The com­pany took the mat­ter to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal in Jan­uary 2016.

Af­ter two sub­se­quent re­jec­tions and ap­peals through coun­cil, SAT even­tu­ally granted plan­ning con­sent for the quarry sub­ject to strict con­di­tions and the De­part­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion granted works ap­provals for the pro­posal in Fe­bru­ary.

Cr Jack­son said it was a very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for in­di­vid­ual coun­cil­lors, con­sid­er­ing many coun­cil­lors sup­ported the neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents in the past.

“We will do our best to en­sure com­pli­ance with the strict con­di­tions SAT put in place,” Cr Jack­son said.

“In this case, no wa­ter is to leave the foot­print of the quarry with­out fur­ther coun­cil ap­proval.”

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