Con­tain­ers must have Shire ap­proval

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Peter de Krui­jff

■ The bulk of sea con­tain­ers at homes could start cost­ing City of Kar­ratha res­i­dents $500 a day in penalty rates for be­ing un­ap­proved and non-com­pli­ant with build­ing stan­dards.

Like any shed or out­build­ing on a residential prop­erty, sea con­tain­ers re­quire a per­mit to meet Aus­tralian build­ing stan­dards.

A City-wide au­dit this year found there were 185 sea con­tain­ers on residential prop­er­ties and so far half have lodged sub­mis­sions for plan­ning ap­proval but most have not met the re­quire­ments for residential use.

Mayor Peter Long said the City saw a lot of peo­ple buy­ing con­tain­ers from re­moval­ist com­pa­nies when they moved to town.

“How­ever, we would strongly urge all res­i­dents to con­sider the re­quire­ments be­fore com­mit­ting to tak­ing a con­tainer,” he said.

“They can also be­come ex­tremely dan­ger­ous in se­vere weather con­di­tions and, with a num­ber of con­tain­ers top­pling over dur­ing cy­clone Chris­tine, coun­cil has made it a pri­or­ity to en­sure all stor­age con­tain­ers have the rel­e­vant ap­provals and safety foun­da­tions in place.”

With cy­clone sea­son ap­proach­ing, the City is urg­ing res­i­dents to com­ply with the laws or face penal­ties.

The up­com­ing cy­clone sea­son also means green waste col­lec­tions will be­gin again.

The City wants house­holds to start trim­ming over­grown trees and clear loose ob­jects from their yards.

Air-con­di­tion­ers, bat­ter­ies, bricks, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, chem­i­cals, car bod­ies, con­crete, dirt, gravel, fire ex­tin­guish­ers, food oils, flares, freez­ers, fridges, fuel, gas bot­tles, glass, liq­uids, paints, pes­ti­cides and tyres will not be re­moved by the City.

City of­fi­cials will also be in­spect­ing prop­er­ties for bush­fire and cy­clone com­pli­ance.

Prop­er­ties with safety is­sues will be is­sued no­tices.

The last date for the place­ment of rub­bish on verges is Oc­to­ber 12 in Dampier, Kar­ratha Air­port, Bul­garra and the city cen­tre; Oc­to­ber 21 in Millars Well and Pegs Creek; Oc­to­ber 30 in Bayn­ton and Nickol; and Novem­ber 6 in Roe­bourne, Wick­ham and Point Sam­son.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

City of Kar­ratha se­nior ranger Dar­rell Hutchens checks the tie-downs of a sea con­tainer.

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