Fremantle: urban solar farm business plan approved

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CITY of Fremantle councillors have approved the business plan for an urban solar farm at a former South Fremantle landfill site.

According to a report by the Department of Water and Environment Regulation, the former landfill site along Cockburn Road is classified a contaminated site because sand caps that cover the waste may include asbestos-containing material.

The lease would be 25 years in length with rent reviews every three years to allow the City to instigate commercial rent if profitability increases.

The lease would not be executed until all approvals are granted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) for both the development and lease to Eupron.

Separate council processes and further community consultation would take place regarding environmental concerns.

“Environmental concerns and conditions of development approval are being dealt with through preparation of site and construction management plans,” the report said.

Deputy mayor Ingrid Waltham said she was glad it was at this stage.

“I am glad if we can give the land some use,” she said.