Protests over gravel ex­trac­tion pro­posal

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Shan­non Boch­enek

THE ap­proval of a gravel ex­trac­tion pit east of Man­jimup would open the flood­gates for more pro­pos­als and elim­i­nate seren­ity at the her­itage-listed Din­gup House prop­erty, ac­cord­ing to land and busi­ness own­ers.

The pro­posed pit at 274 Din­gup Road would be an es­ti­mated 400m from the 150 year-old house and school site, which run as a bed and break­fast.

Din­gup House landowner David Sav­age, who lives on site, said if the ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved the own­ers of other sur­round­ing prop­er­ties would also at­tempt to de­velop their land for gravel min­ing use.

“There’s two other prop­er­ties close to here that are hop­ing this gets passed be­cause they want to do gravel pits as well,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one’s bought in this area be­cause they like the lifestyle, they like the peace and quiet.

“There’s lots of other places to get gravel where it’s not go­ing to af­fect any­one.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion was ini­tially pre­sented to the coun­cil for po­ten­tial ap­proval in De­cem­ber 2016 and was re­jected 8-1.

Now the ap­pli­ca­tion has been re-lodged with amend­ments in­clud­ing a change in ac­cess point, re­mov­ing truck traf­fic from Din­gup Road.

Mr Sav­age, along with bed and break­fast busi­ness owner Chris Utech, said the re-lodged ap­pli­ca­tion had not ad­dressed their con­cerns, specif­i­cally regarding noise pol­lu­tion.

“The noise fac­tor, def­i­nitely, that will af­fect the busi­ness,” Mrs Utech said.

“Peo­ple come out here to en­joy the am­biance and the farm­ing lifestyle and the peace and quiet.

“We only need one per­son to put up a re­view about the noise from the gravel pit and that will send us back­wards in leaps and bounds.”

Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei said the coun­cil would “care­fully weigh up all of the ar­gu­ments.”

Writ­ten pub­lic sub­mis­sions are open un­til March 8.

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