York landfill development extension opposed by farmers


The landfill site in York.
The landfill site in York.

FARMERS against an approved rubbish dump bordering their land near York are hoping an application to extend the timeframe to build the landfill will be thrown out by a WA planning panel.

Farmer Kay Davies said work on the landfill had not started and she claimed the date to apply for a construction extension had expired.

Shire of York councillors voted unanimously on February 12 against an extension to develop the Great Southern Landfill at Allawuna Farm on land owned by Robert Henry Chester.

They endorsed a Shire report, which stated the period to ‘substantially’ start work on the development ended on September 4, 2017, ‘although the applicant considers the deadline is March 8, 2018’.

The proposed amendment would extend the landfill application to be ‘substantially’ built by March 8, 2020.

“Given the community opposition against the proposal and attitudes towards waste reform, it is reasonable that the application which has not been acted on should expire and a new application be required,” the report said.

Perth waste would be transported from the city to the new landfill site about 18km from York.

The Mid-West Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) will meet on February 27 in York to consider the extension application from lawyer Julius Skinner for AMI Holdings and Alkina Holdings.

Mr Skinner wrote to the Shire in November last year, saying the proposal involved major excavation works, some of which could only be done at certain times of the year, and the applicants had to apply for a new works proposal before the project could go ahead.

He said the applicants were experienced operators of landfill sites and part of Bayswater-based Instant Waste Management group, the largest private waste company in WA.

Mrs Davies said she was happy the community had the support of the Shire of York.

“I’m hopeful the JDAP will see the building deadline has expired and that they support the Shire of York in prohibiting rubbish dumps on agricultural land.”

She will air her concerns about the landfill with Environment Minister Stephen Dawson on the day of the JDAP meeting when he will visit York on a tour of Wheatbelt towns.

York councillors originally rejected landfill at Allawuna Farm in an application from SITA in 2013.

The same application was refused twice by JDAP and then approved by the State Administrative Tribunal in 2016.

SITA (SUEZ) withdrew its proposal later the same year and Alkina Holdings submitted a similar plan in 2017 with the waste input reduced by 50,000 to 250,000 tonnes a year.

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