Anger at council’s move on Mandogalup
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.