Fight goes to the top

Protestors present their petition to Nationals MLC Paul Brown and Member for Moore Shane Love on the steps of Parliament House.
Protestors present their petition to Nationals MLC Paul Brown and Member for Moore Shane Love on the steps of Parliament House.

York, Toodyay and the Perth Hills residents met Nationals MLC Paul Brown and Minister for Regional Development and Lands Brendon Grylls to present the 4200-signature petition against the two proposed landfill sites.

Nationals WA MPs are opposed to landfill sites for metropolitan waste being established in regional WA.

York residents have been fighting the proposed development of a landfill site at Allawuna Farm, about 18km west of York.

Waste management company SITA wants to transport up to 150,000 tonnes of metropolitan household rubbish each year to the area, which is zoned for agriculture.

The Environmental Protection Authority decided not to assess the proposed landfill in York earlier this year.

Kay Davies lives next door to the proposed York site.

‘I feel like they (the EPA) aren’t doing their job properly,’ she said.

‘It’s not a personal issue against the owners of the property. It’s always only ever been about the use of the land.’

She was at Parliament to help present the petition.

‘Mr Brown and Mr Grylls indicated they opposed regional landfills,’ she said.

‘Paul Brown is pushing for a review in Parliament. This is the best move we could have made.’

The Shire of Toodyay and angry residents have been fighting Opal Vale Pty Ltd’s proposed class II landfill site on Chitty Road in West Toodyay since 2009.

Up to 150,000 tonnes of rubbish would be trucked to the site, which could accept asbestos and certain types of biomedical waste that may be regarded as hazardous, and other contaminated solids.

The council voted unanimously against the proposal in July, 2012, because of environmental concerns and conflicts with its planning objectives.

Opal Vale appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and the case was heard in February.

The SAT approved the Class II landfill site, but ruled that approval was subject to Opal Vale being granted a Department of Environment and Conservation licence. That process has yet to be finished.

Mrs Davies said her main issues with the proposed sites were the cost to the environment, tourism and the danger of having trucks on roads.