Bouvard Coast Care leading push to make residents aware of contamination issues at Tims Thicket

One of the flyers left on a car.
One of the flyers left on a car.

BOUVARD Coast Care is leading a push to make residents aware of contamination issues at Tims Thicket before a project to create a sewage water spray field over land filled with contaminated waste is finalised.

The group put out a number of flyers in the area over the weekend.

Bouvard Coast Care chairman Mel Horton said water recovered from sewage would be sprayed over an area once used as a dump for old fridges, tyres, chemical drums and other uncontrolled waste.

Chemicals and toxins washed out of the waste could then contaminate the underlying aquifer below the site and enter the water supply.

“The site is also on public land and set aside for camping and recreation by Ministerial direction, managed by the City of Mandurah and run by Transpacific Cleanaway who already had the Category 61 licence for liquid waste withdrawn by the Department of Environment Regulation in 2014,’’ she said.

Bouvard Coast Care consists of a mix of residents, business owners, environmental scientists, teacher, lawyers and medical professionals, who give their time to improve and protect the local environment and has operated for 23 years.

Ms Horton said there was a real opportunity to fix the problem with the council elections coming up.

“If enough people register their concerns, we can ask which prospective councillors will back our cause so we can vote for them to enact change,’’ she said.

The group has gathered all the evidence, including historical photos of the contaminated waste and public documents on their website along with a form on which to voice an opinion.

“We want everyone informed of the issues, aware of the dangers and represented by councillors who care,’’ she said.

“This has been the quietest public consultation we have ever seen and we intend to change that.”

Ms Horton said the group had always worked well with other City of Mandurah departments.

The City of Mandurah has been asked for comment.

Visit www.bouvardcoastcare.org.au/tims for more.

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