Bassendean residents up in arms about concrete batching plant approval

Bayswater Council will abide by the SAT's decision that applicants be awarded more than $112,000
Bayswater Council will abide by the SAT's decision that applicants be awarded more than $112,000

SEVERAL Town of Bassendean residents are calling for the Town to appeal the State Administrative Tribunal’s approval of a concrete batching plant just 1km from another proposed plant in Bayswater.

The application for a mobile concrete batching plant on Clune Street was approved by SAT on December 5, subject to several conditions because the Town’s lawyers failed to give reasons for their refusal in June.

According to a Facebook post written by Councillor Renée McLennan, the Town’s staff and applicants Rowe Group debated about the appropriate conditions, which included the hours of operation, maximum daily production and average daily production output.

Cr McLennan said the application was taken out of the Council’s hands.

SAT would not consider a higher production as the applicant had not provided supporting information for its location within the 300m-500m buffer zone.

Bassendean resident Carol Siedel said the Council should consider contesting the SAT decision.

“I just do not think SAT has looked at the ramifications on the people who will be exposed to possible concrete dust,” she said.

“What really annoys me is that young children will be put at risk, they are the ones who could have their whole lives wrecked because of this approval for a concrete batching plant on their door step.

“I am absolutely horrified by this decision when there is real health and environmental concerns for the residents who live near by, students at Cyril Jackson campus and the people who work in the industrial area in Tonkin Park.”

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives Asia Pacific pollution prevention programme coordinator Jane Bremmer said the plant would have adverse health impacts on communities and their environment.

“Concrete batching plants are simply incompatible land uses to be sited close to residential areas…and could hardly be considered a legitimate partner of any eco industrial village,” the Bassendean resident said.

Ashfield resident Warren Wright said he was “completely perplexed” by how the WA Environmental Protection Authority guidelines had been ignored.

“There are residential houses within the supposedly required buffer zone of 300m-500m… if the Town of Bassendean don’t appeal this decision then they have failed the people of Ashfield,” he said.

In September, Town development manager Brian Reed said a refusal would not be “sustainable” because going against the SAT appeal would cost the Town $10,000-$50,000 in legal fees.