Kwinana mayor airs con­cerns over waste plant

Southern Telegraph - - News -

The City of Kwinana has ex­pressed con­cerns about the pro­posed East Rock­ing­ham waste-to-en­ergy fa­cil­ity be­cause of its prox­im­ity to res­i­dents in the city.

The fa­cil­ity, pro­posed to be lo­cated within the City of Rock­ing­ham, ad­joins the west­ern bound­ary of Kwinana and has the po­ten­tial to im­pact on res­i­dents, specif­i­cally those in Leda, Cal­ista and Med­ina. Although it is within the Rock­ing­ham In­dus­trial Zone, the City ar­gued it would be more ap­pro­pri­ately lo­cated in the heavy in­dus­trial core where the Kwinana waste-to-en­ergy plant is be­ing built.

Mayor Carol Adams said the City’s pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tion was for res­i­dents near the bound­ary close to the fa­cil­ity, who may be neg­a­tively im­pacted in cer­tain wind con­di­tions by noise, odours or air qual­ity.

“We recog­nise that it is our duty as a lo­cal gov­ern­ment to ad­vo­cate for the ap­pro­pri­ate sit­ing of in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment and the preser­va­tion of the amenity of our com­mu­nity,” she said.

“Given the pro­po­nent’s change of use from gasi­fi­ca­tion to a grate tech­nol­ogy, the fa­cil­ity would, in our view, be more ap­pro­pri­ately lo­cated in the heavy in­dus­trial core of the Kwinana In­dus­trial Area.”

The City has for­mally ex­pressed its con­cerns to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity and has made sub­mis­sions to the City of Rock­ing­ham and LandCorp for their con­sid­er­a­tion.

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