Town of Bassendean asks Environment Minister to review concrete batching plant 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

TOWN of Bassendean will request the Environment Minister to review the approved concrete batching plant on Clune Street but the Minister cannot review State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) decisions.

Councillors and residents voiced their concerns over the lack of monitoring emissions and the increased volumes beyond approved levels of output and production times at Wednesday night’s council meeting.

The proposal included quarterly self-reported data as the main monitoring tool for the plant.

Councillor Gerry Pule said the rise in output would lead to the emission zone increase from 500m to 1000m.

“This then places the Ashfield Child Minding and Aged Care facilities at Ashfield Reserve well within the emission circle,” he said.

“The Cyril Jackson Senior Campus should also be included as a vulnerable facility and also a much greater circle of residents.”

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said Keppel Holdings’ proposal to establish a mobile concrete batching plant was referred to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in May.

“The EPA considered that the proposal did not warrant formal assessment because the proposal is located in an industrial area and is within the recommended separation distances from residential areas,” he said.

“As the Minister for Environment, I do not have the power to review decisions made by the SAT.”

According to an officer’s report, as an independent body, the SAT had no ability to review a decision unless the tribunal made an error of law.

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