So­lar plan gath­er­ing steam

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Leah Roberts

THE City of Fre­man­tle is one step closer to ap­prov­ing the fi­nal busi­ness plan for an ur­ban so­lar farm at a for­mer land­fill site.

The fi­nance, pol­icy, op­er­a­tions and leg­is­la­tion com­mit­tee rec­om­mended the plan be ap­proved at its meet­ing last week.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­ment Reg­u­la­tion, the for­mer land­fill site along Cock­burn Road is clas­si­fied a con­tam­i­nated site be­cause sand caps that cover the waste may in­clude as­bestoscon­tain­ing ma­te­rial.

If ap­proved by Fre­man­tle Coun­cil, the lease would be 25 years, with rent re­views ev­ery three years to al­low the City to in­sti­gate com­mer­cial rent if its prof­itabil­ity in­creased.

The lease would not be ex­e­cuted un­til all ap­provals are granted by the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion for both the de­vel­op­ment and lease to Eupron.

The re­port said sep­a­rate coun­cil pro­cesses and more com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion would take place about en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns.

“En­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns and con­di­tions of de­vel­op­ment ap­proval are be­ing dealt with through prepa­ra­tion of site and con­struc­tion man­age­ment plans,” the re­port said.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said it was ex­cel­lent the pro­posal was at the coun­cil but re­it­er­ated that a fi­nal de­ci­sion had not been made.

“The lease will only be signed if it can be shown it can be done safely,” he said.

Cur­rently Eupron is work­ing to se­cure Western Power ap­proval, a power pur­chas­ing agree­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals.

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