THE City of Wanneroo has received 129 inquiries about sand drift and issued three infringements since introducing a compliance policy last December.
The policy responded to residents’ concerns about sand blowing from development sites on to neighbouring properties, streets and public facilities.
City acting planning and sustainability director Maria Cooke said the number of sand drift and dust complaints had increased in recent years.
“Most of these complaints are attributed to large developments where bulk earthworks have been undertaken, exposing sand and dust which causes a nuisance to our residents,” she said.
“Since the adoption of the Earthworks and Sand Drift Policy on December 6, 2016, 129 sand drift customer inquiries have been received from throughout the City.
“Failure to comply with a request from the City to prevent the sand drift occurring has resulted in three infringement notices.
“Compliance officers perform inspections every week and liaise with developers to improve their dust management strategies.”
At the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association’s August meeting, resident Peter Stainthorpe said the dust issue was not resolved in Yanchep and the compliance policy was not working.
“It’s a dreadful imposition on people, sand blowing across their yards,” he said.
Mr Stainthorpe said suburban developments needed a fixed monitor similar to industry.
At the meeting, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said there were issues of sand blowing in another development and the City’s compliance team assessed complaints.
“One of the contractors was coming to do fertilisation of the grass and they couldn’t because the sand was too thick,” she said.
Mrs Roberts said the compliance team would fine developers if assessments found they were breaching the City’s sand drift policy.
“If you see it’s worse in some times than others, take a photograph and send it to us,” she said.
Mrs Cooke said the district planning scheme put the onus on property owners to prevent sand drift.
“Upon receiving notification about sand drift, the City will write to the relevant land owner requesting they take steps to prevent all sand drift escaping from the property within 48 hours,” she said.
“Failure to action remedial action will result in enforcement action.”
Fines range from $500 to a maximum penalty of $200,000 and in the case of a continuing offence, a further $25,000 for each day the offence continues.
“These penalties may be up to five times greater in the case of an offence being committed by a company,” Mrs Cooke said.
To report sand drift concerns, call 9405 5000 during business hours or 1300 138 393 after hours.
September meeting attracts federal visitor
A REPRESENTATIVE from Pearce MHR Christian Porter’s office will attend next Monday’s Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting.
Earlier this year the group invited the Federal MP or his representatives to attend one of its monthly meetings to address community issues such as mobile blackspots and NBN.
This month, secretary Lorraine Jackson confirmed a representative would attend the September 25 meeting at the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre, which will start about 7.30pm.