Compost plant approved

The application to develop the Wooroloo Brook Farm facility was submitted on behalf of WA organic garden supply business Purearth. It will be on Horton Road in Woottating.

The council did not take the decision to approve the application lightly at its July meeting, imposing 37 conditions for approval. They include dust management, buffer distances, noise management, ground water, endangered species, road infrastructure, fire management and environmental issues.

Purearth co-owner Paul Curtis said the company had bought the Woottating land two years ago.

‘The waste will come mainly from Perth and we turn it into high-grade compost,’ Mr Curtis said.

Mr Curtis said Purearth would target more agricultural clients.

‘We already had works approval from the Department of Environment and Conservation. We intend to start building as soon as possible,’ he said.

‘We have done community consultation and have had meetings with neighbours of the facility.’

The first stage of construction would include road upgrades and siteworks. The second stage would occur in the fourth year of operation and would include the addition of four concrete maturation pads and an additional biofilter.

Purearth has forecast 10 heavy vehicle and 10 light vehicle movements per day to the facility.

Eight submissions were received during the council’s public comment period on the application.

Shire of Northam deputy president Terry Little said the plant would need to be world’s best practice to meet the conditions imposed.

‘We all need to look after the environment,’ he said.