Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Gibbs and Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Up­grades to a petrol sta­tion near the Leschenault Es­tu­ary have been given the green light, de­spite strong op­po­si­tion from com­mu­nity mem­bers.

A pro­posal to up­grade the BP ser­vice sta­tion on Ri­d­ley Place was passed at last week’s Har­vey Shire Coun­cil meet­ing with only one coun­cil­lor vot­ing against the pro­posal.

Neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers filled coun­cil cham­bers and the coun­cil was forced to ex­tend the ques­tion and com­ment pe­riod to more than one hour in an at­tempt to hear from those con­cerned about po­ten­tial im­pact on the es­tu­ary.

Old Coast Road res­i­dent Ju­dith Thomp­son said the es­tu­ary was iconic and Aus­tralind’s rea­son for be­ing a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion.

“With­out the es­tu­ary with good wa­ter qual­ity, there is noth­ing spe­cial,” Mrs Thomp­son said. “Why would you con­sider ap­prov­ing any­thing that could po­ten­tially jeop­ar­dise the wa­ter qual­ity?”

The up­grade to the sta­tion will in­clude ex­tra pumps, the com­pany’s Wild Bean brand cafe and an open-ended man­ual car wash bay.

New un­der­ground fuel tanks and a storm wa­ter man­age­ment sys­tem will also be in­stalled.

Coun­cil­lors amended the item to in­clude on-site ground­wa­ter mon­i­tor­ing af­ter Old Coast Road res­i­dent Ge­orge Mar­don ex­pressed con­cern dur­ing pub­lic ques­tion time.

While ad­mit­ting res­i­dents from neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties were vo­cal in their op­po­si­tion to the pro­posal, Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said the land was pri­vately owned by BP and pol­icy re­stricted the coun­cil’s au­thor­ity on the mat­ter.

In the lead up to the coun­cil meet­ing, neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents said they first heard about the pro­posal a few weeks ago and needed more time to look at the po­ten­tial im­pact on the Leschenault Es­tu­ary from bowser run-off and de­ter­gents and waxes from the car wash.

Res­i­dents claimed there had been sev­eral con­tam­i­na­tion events at the site in the past and in a re­port pre­sented to the coun­cil on Tues­day, the De­part­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion listed the sta­tion as a con­tam­i­nated site re­quir­ing re­me­di­a­tion.

Pic­ture: Sam Gibbs

Con­cerned res­i­dents Rod Thomp­son, John and Chip Male and Lor­raine Daw­son in front of the Aus­tralind BP sta­tion.

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