Facility on breach charges

The Bio-Organics property in Oakford.
The Bio-Organics property in Oakford.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and Bio-Organics were in the Armadale Magistrates Court on Thursday, for the third appearance, over a charge the facility allegedly breached the Town Planning Scheme by operating without approval.

Bio-Organics lawyer Henry Jackson asked Magistrate Martin Flynn for a four-week adjournment as he had received the statement of material facts just a couple of weeks ago.

Magistrate Flynn made it clear it had been too long and that it was the fourth requested adjournment period but he allowed the request until December 12 when a plea is expected.

In Parliament on October 31, Gosnells MLA Chris Tallentire raised a grievance motion with Environment Minister Albert Jacob on his department’s continuation of its own licence to Bio-Organics despite the matters in court and complaints by residents.

At the time, Mr Jacob told Parliament the Department of Environment Regulation intended to amend its licence, after a review of the licence is finalised, to include limits on the amount and type of waste accepted at the facility.

DER told Comment News last week the licence review would conclude mid-November then a 21-day public comment period was expected.