City of Bayswater may fight on in battle over concrete batching plant

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

CITY of Bayswater councillors have not ruled out further legal action in an attempt to stop the development approval of a concrete batching plant on Collier Road, Bayswater.

After a six-year fight, the City’s legal bill is currently more than $160,000.

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

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the EPA was justified in its decision and dismissed the appeal this month.

Mayor Barry McKenna said he was “still in shock” over the Minister’s decision not to have the concrete batching plant assessed.

“It was a big blow for us and the community, so we have to assess our options to see what can still be done,” he said.

“Currently we’re in the hands of the State Administrative Tribunal on whether they are going to approve the updated development application.

“Once we know the outcome of that decision we can look at ‘where to from here’ and determine whether there is a way to challenge this development further.”

Community 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 and its proximity to Joan Rycroft Reserve and homes.