Prepared for a battle

The Council was poised to reject a sawmill proposal last night.
The Council was poised to reject a sawmill proposal last night.

Operator Rod Croft told the Comment News before the meeting, which sat after this paper went to press, that he had begun operating based on a verbal approval from Shire chief executive Richard Gorbunow.

He said the Shire kept backing itself ‘into different corners’ over the Millars Road site, and a rejection would not stop him fulfilling his contracts, already in place.

‘They’ll have to take legal action,’ he said. ‘I don’t want to fight but if I have to I will.’

The report to council recommended it reject the proposal because it lacked noise, dust and traffic management-related information that would enable proper assessment. It concluded that the mill would harm the area’s amenity, but Mr Croft rejected this.

He said his statements that noise, dust and traffic arrangements would be in line with the site’s numerous previous operations, should be enough.

Mr Gorbunow has said he gave the approval based on a misapprehension that approval for the site’s most recent operation still stood.

The meeting’s outcome will be recorded at sjshire.wa.gov.au/agendas minutes.