Tip­ping point with min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

A CAM­PAIGN to stop work start­ing on a State Ad­min­is­tra­tion Tri­bunal (SAT) ap­proved rub­bish dump near York has taken a new di­rec­tion, with Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti ban­ning land­fill within the Shire of York.

Farmer Kay Davies, whose prop­erty would bor­der the Great South­ern Land­fill at Allawuna Farm, said the min­is­ter’s ban an­nounced on March 16 in the Gov­ern­ment Gazette WA was a great win for the York com­mu­nity.

York coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously in 2016 to pro­hibit land­fills within the Shire.

How­ever, the Mid­West Wheat­belt Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) has still to meet to con­sider a work ex­ten­sion ap­pli­ca­tion from the land­fill ap­pli­cants, AMI Hold­ings and Alk­ina Hold­ings. A State Ad­min­is­tra­tion Tri­bunal (SAT) ruled on March 15 the JDAP must vote on the re­quest be­fore April 13.

Mrs Davies, who has cam­paigned against the land­fill since 2012, said that this would be the third time the land­fill de­vel­op­ment had gone to JDAP to make a de­ci­sion.

“If the JDAP de­nies the ex­ten­sion, I un­der­stand the ap­pli­cants may ap­peal for a SAT de­ci­sion. It’s a huge waste of ratepay­ers’ and tax­pay­ers’ money,” she said.

Shire coun­cil­lors have voted against a work ex­ten­sion on the land­fill de­vel­op­ment.

York Pres­i­dent David Wal­lace said even though the Plan­ning Min­is­ter ruled against land­fill within the Shire, the ap­pli­cant’s ex­ten­sion re­quest had to go through the lo­cal gov­ern­ment process.

“The door is clos­ing on the peo­ple who want to build the land­fill, but it’s not shut yet,” he said.

Farm­ers Robyn Davies and Kay Davies (cen­tre) met En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son (left), Lau­rie Gra­ham MLC and Dar­ren West MLC (back) on a re­cent visit to York.

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