Bayswater concrete batching plant: residents ‘gobsmacked’ at decision

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

BAYSWATER residents are “gobsmacked” by the Environment Minister’s decision to not instruct the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to assess a concrete batching plant on Collier Road.

After a six-year fight, the Ransberg development, which has State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) planning approval, looks set to become a reality.

The EPA refused to assess environmental impacts of the plant in March because the overall impact of the proposal was “not so significant as to require assessment by the EPA”, a decision that was appealed against by Bayswater community members and councillors.

Concerns included that the EPA’s decision failed to take into account dust and noise emissions, did not consider emissions would be higher than predicted by the applicant, its proximity to Joan Rycroft Reserve and homes and the potential impact on ground and surface water.

However, Environment Minister Albert Jacob dismissed the appeals last week.

“Taking into account the information available to me, including the level of local interest, I consider the EPA was justified in determining not to assess the proposal. The proposal will need to meet detailed conditions relating to dust in the SAT approval, as well as meet statutory requirements under the concrete batching and noise regulations,” he said in a letter.

Mr Jacob said he was satisfied by modelling held by the applicant.

Councillor Sally Palmer said the community was shocked by the decision.

“We didn’t expect it to be refused,” she said.

“All the residents are gobsmacked the EPA will not take a serious look at this local environmental issue.”

A meeting was set to be held with the City chief executive and director about the issue this week. The City previously confirmed it would investigate the feasibility of an appeal against the SAT decision.