Anger at coun­cil’s move on Man­do­galup

Southern Telegraph - - News - David Sal­vaire

Emo­tions boiled over at last Wed­nes­day’s City of Kwinana coun­cil meet­ing, with Man­do­galup res­i­dents vent­ing their frus­tra­tion as the City moved to adopt a for­mal po­si­tion on the area’s fu­ture.

Coun­cil­lors voted in favour of ad­ver­tis­ing the lo­cal plan­ning pol­icy, which will see two maps out­lin­ing the pre­ferred fu­ture de­vel­op­ment put out for com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

Man­do­galup res­i­dents were locked in a long­stand­ing battle with the for­mer Bar­nett gov­ern­ment and lo­cal industry over a pro­posed buf­fer zone around Al­coa’s residue dis­posal ar­eas in the Western Trade Coast in­dus­trial area.

In Au­gust, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency re­ported there was “neg­li­gi­ble health risk” to res­i­dents but in­ves­ti­ga­tions about dust in the area’s north are con­tin­u­ing.

Man­do­galup res­i­dent Robert White ex­pressed his con­cerns in the coun­cil cham­bers.

“All the coun­cil is try­ing to do is put their own buf­fer over the land be­cause they didn’t get the Western Trade Coast buf­fer sup­ported be­fore,” he said.

“This is the first time you’ve ever con­sulted with us. Why can’t you wait un­til the EPA’s dust mon­i­tor­ing is com­pleted?”

Deputy Mayor Peter Feasey, who moved an amend­ment to add an al­ter­na­tive map for com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, said: “The City is now in a po­si­tion where it wants to con­sult with the peo­ple of Man­do­galup.”

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion will be open for 42 days. A re­port will then be pre­pared for the coun­cil.

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