City of Swan defers decision on waste site plan

City of Swan defers decision on waste site plan

SWAN Council has deferred a proposal for a waste removal site in Bullsbrook to seek advice from the Environmental Protection Authority.

The council voted in favour of Cr David McDonnell’s proposal at Wednesday night’s meeting to defer consideration until the Environmental Protection Agency had considered the application.

Councillors voted against the proposal in October last year, but the item was brought back after the State Administrative Tribunal invited the council to reconsider their vote.

The proposal, if approved, would allow for a waste removal facility that processes, tests and removes contaminated material.

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Cr McDonnell said he believed it was good governance to hold off making a decision until the EPA had completed its report.

He said there were many concerns raised at council’s agenda forum from neighbouring properties about the impact the proposal would have on the environmental and local water sources.

“We only get one chance, once we ruin our sub-soil it’s gone,” he said.

“It was proven governance to make a decision after our head environmental governing body had a chance to assess the proposal.”