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