Landfill opponents turn out in force

About 200 people attended the landfill meeting on Monday.
About 200 people attended the landfill meeting on Monday.

Shire of York planning services manager Jacky Jurmann explained the process for submitting comments on the landfill application.

Avon Valley Residents Association chairman Keith Schekkerman said the association had worked hard to let all residents know about the public meeting.

‘The meeting will not have a big impact because it is only to explain the process,’ Mr Schekkerman said.

‘But the strong turnout will show the Development Assessment Panel committee how against the landfill the town is.’

The public comment period closes on March 17, after which the council will submit a report with the public submissions to the Development Assessment Panel for determination.

Emotions were high at the meeting, with some raised voices and residents clearly concerned about the impacts of the proposed landfill site.

Jack Jurmann urged residents to send their submissions ‘without emotion’ if possible.

SITA Australia State general manager Nial Stock said he had confidence in the robust regulatory process being undertaken for the proposed landfill site.

‘The Allawuna Farm project has already been considered by the Environmental Protection Authority, the Appeals Convenor and the Minister for Environment and progressed through each stage,’ Mr Stock said.

‘As part of this process, key agencies such as the Department of Water and Main Roads have also provided their initial assessments of the proposed facility.’