Residents band together

One of the signs protesting the asphalt plant proposal.
One of the signs protesting the asphalt plant proposal.

The City of Gosnells received an application for an asphalt plant at the quarry in November, but asked Boral for more environmental information to complete the picture.

About 100 people in total have now attended two community meetings on the subject.

At the final council meeting for 2013, residents asked numerous questions, mostly about the impact of emissions they believed would be toxic.

City Planning and Sustainability director Chris Terelinck replied the decision-making power rested with the WA Planning Commission (WAPC), but the City was a referral agency and as such would be making a recommendation to the WAPC.

The City has now received the complete information from Boral and advertised the proposal for comments that will be taken into account when it makes its recommendation.

Residents must comment by January 24.

Chief executive Ian Cowie said he welcomed feedback from any member of the public, not just from those living close to the quarry, but stressed that staff were only able to consider planning issues.

‘If residents have concerns about environmental or health impacts, they are encouraged to liaise directly with the Department of Environmental Regulation,’ he said.

He expected council would consider the issue in February.

A Boral spokesman said the company would only be able to comment when executives returned from holiday leave this week.