City of Bayswater yet again signals opposition to 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

BAYSWATER City council continued its opposition against concrete batching plants when it knocked back an application to add a second plant to an existing operation in Bayswater.

Boral Resources applied to add a portable batching plant, mobile cement silo, auxiliary weight hopper and conveyer at 33 King Street.

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The proposal would increase the capacity of the 35-year-old plant from 600,000 tonnes to 800,000 tonnes per year.

Council knocked back the proposal this month without deliberation.

The Boral plant is 1km from the proposed Collier Road concrete batching plant, which council has opposed for five years, and a nearby batching plant proposal at Clune Street that council recently recommended for refusal.

Reasons for the Boral Resources refusal included not enough evidence dust emissions, stormwater management and noise emissions would not impact nearby sensitive use land.

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According to council, it did not include appropriate upgrading and construction of a paved area for heavy vehicle manoeuvring, would impact amenity and increase the intensity of noxious gas.

Three complaints were received from neighbours; however, the applicant said their concerns related to the plant’s existing operations.

They said the additional plant would actually reduce emissions as the plant would be located closer to the stock bins which would reduce vehicle movements and opportunities for emissions.

The Department of Environment Regulation was satisfied the plant could operate within the expected increase without “adversely affecting sensitive receptors”.

The Environmental Protection Authority stated the environmental impact was not so significant as to require assessment .