Con­tam­i­na­tion fear for de­vel­op­ment

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

DE­SPITE BHP Bil­li­ton stat­ing the site of a pro­posed res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment is po­ten­tially con­tam­i­nated with am­mo­nium sul­phate, the City of Rock­ing­ham voted in favour of the de­vel­op­ment at its meet­ing on Tues­day night.

All coun­cil­lors ex­cept Safety Bay Ward Coun­cil­lor Kather­ine Sum­mers voted in favour of it.

The site is on the south­ern side of Kerosene Lane near the Baldivis Spud­shed and bor­der­ing the Par­adiso Es­tate.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is ex­pected to con­tain 131 res­i­den­tial lots.

Cr Sum­mers said Baldivis was on the thresh­old of over-de­vel­op­ment.

“The ‘Tragedy of the Com­mons’ is what we are see­ing here, where a given re­source is ex­hausted from ev­ery­one try­ing to reap ben­e­fits from it,” she said.

Cr Leigh Lil­ley made ref­er­ence to the orig­i­nal Se­cret Har­bour de­vel­op­ment where de­vel­op­ers promised to re­tain large tu­arts in the area but they were bull­dozed. The tragedy of Baldivis is when does ur­ban de­vel­op­ment be­come overde­vel­op­ment?

In a re­port pre­pared for coun­cil­lors, more than six in­ter­ested par­ties raised con­cerns to the de­vel­op­ment pro­posal as it cur­rently stood, with some even deem­ing it un­sat­is­fac­tory.

BHP’s Nickel West owns land ad­ja­cent to the site, where it has been re­quired to treat am­mo­nium sul­phate con­tam­i­na­tion on it since 1994.

In a sub­mis­sion to the City they stated no ground­wa­ter test­ing had been con­ducted at the site.

Other groups with con­cerns in­cluded the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion, the de­part­ments of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices and ex­ist­ing res­i­dents.

One res­i­dent raised con­cerns that as part of the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion they had in­cluded a flora study done in 1979.

They said in that time there had been growth of cer­tain large trees and the de­vel­op­ment had no pro­vi­sion for tree re­ten­tion.

They said other sub­urbs such as Set­tlers Hills and Wel­lard had re­tained tall trees, while the Par­adiso Es­tate was an eye­sore.

Coun­cil’s ap­proval is sub­ject to 10 out­lined con­di­tions. They in­cluded a ground­wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion study and tree sur­vey plans.

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