City approves All Earth upgrades

Last week, council again reconsidered conditions placed on All Earth on Kelvin Road, which processes inert and organic waste.

The most controversial condition last September restricted the height of stockpiled materials to 5m.

Gosnells District Ratepayers Association has campaigned to keep this limit, worried about dust drifting into surrounding homes.

All Earth appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on the conditions, wanting 8m stockpiles.

The City reconsidered in December and in May, amending some conditions, but keeping the 5m limit.

Last Tuesday, council reconsidered again, this time going along with the staff report.

The report said All Earth’s concept plan for future upgrades, including a 6m high weighbridge, upgraded fencing, signage and landscaping, meant 8m piles would be acceptable.

Gosnells Ratepayers Association president Sandra Baraiolo said residents’ concerns went beyond the piles’ visual impact.

‘It’s really disappointing for the ratepayers,’ she said.

‘You don’t have to see dust for it to be toxic.’

All Earth CEO Stephen Pollard said All Earth went above and beyond what was required to control dust problems.

‘Eighty per cent of our workforce and many of our management team members are ratepayers in this community,’ he said.

‘We’re pleased we have a unanimous decision.’