Toxic clean-up worries heard


Cr Sara Lohmeyer, Chris Tallentire, Steve Price, Swan Cr, Ian Johnson and Forrestfield MP Nathan Morton, joined to hear concerns over the attempted clean-up of a toxic site near local homes.
Toxic clean-up worries heard
Cr Sara Lohmeyer, Chris Tallentire, Steve Price, Swan Cr, Ian Johnson and Forrestfield MP Nathan Morton, joined to hear concerns over the attempted clean-up of a toxic site near local homes.

Previously residents have met over the mooted site clean-up.

They said ratepayers were concerned that the various contaminants in the soil would be stirred up via the clean-up and released into the atmosphere.

Resident Lisa Cooper said: “There is asbestos in the soil there and if it is moved people could breathe those particles in.”

Ms Copper said it was great to see both Labor and Liberal attend the meeting and listen to the health and safety concerns of residents.

“We felt that all who attended the meeting definitely left with an understanding of the level of concern in the community,” Ms Cooper said.

The residents are waiting on the outcome of an appeal to the Department of Environmental Regulation over the clean-up.

ALP candidate for Hasluck Bill Leadbetter said he observed that the residents who attended the meeting, numbering about 60 people, appeared to be frustrated with the process so far.

“They have concerns over the quality of the air and the water in the area, which lies to the side of the road and travels along an open drain to the river,” Mr Leadbetter said.

Kalamunda Shire President Andrew Waddell said the residents had the support of the shire on the issue.

Ms Cooper said once the group heard the outcome of the appeals lodged with the Appeals Convenor, a further meeting would be scheduled and advertised on the group’s Facebook page.