Limestone and sand mining operations in City of Wanneroo focus of consultations

The Godel Road site. Picture: EagleView
The Godel Road site. Picture: EagleView

APPLICATIONS from two Nowergup businesses to continue long-running limestone and sand mining operations are out for public consultation.

The City of Wanneroo has invited submissions until February 21 on applications by Italia Stone Group and Northsands Resources.

Italia Stone Group has been extracting limestone from properties on Godel Road and McLennan Drive since the 1980s and is seeking a licence to continue doing so for 20 more years.

Northsands Resources has been extracting sand and limestone on a Wesco Road property for more than 15 years.

It is seeking development approval to continue resource extraction for 10 years, as well as filling the site with inert landfill, with operations expected to extend to 25 years.

The Wesco Road site. Picture: EagleView

At its February 5 meeting, Wanneroo Council endorsed a submission on a State Government policy for basis raw materials, including sand, clay, hard rock, limestone, agricultural lime, gravel and gypsum.

“Limestone and sand are the most commonly available for extraction within the City of Wanneroo,” a council report said.

“The City has extensive basic raw material extraction areas, particularly on private land in Carabooda and Nowergup.”

It said extractive industries were allowed only in industrial, rural and rural resource zones, and that noise, dust and traffic were issues that most commonly arose when the City assessed applications.

“Basic raw material extraction is an activity that contributes toward the provision of materials for the building and construction industry,” the report said.

“If not planned properly, basic raw material extraction would have significant repercussions on the state economy.”

After Mariginiup residents raised concerns about the effect on traffic from a sand mine last year, the City’s submission called for more consultation on mining proposals for Crown land.

The submission said heavy vehicle haulage affected local roads, which increased maintenance costs for local governments, and asked that the policy consider allowing them to collect royalties.

It also called for “more stringent and innovative use of groundwater” in extractive industries, which could ensure water supply was maintained for food production on nearby agricultural sites.

Councillor Dot Newton, who moved the recommendation, said growers had more restrictions placed on their water use and suggested mining operations could be “more conservative with their water use”.

The council asked administration to investigate whether the landscape enhancement zone could be expanded once the State Government gazetted the basic raw material planning policy.

Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/yoursay for more information on the Nowergup applications.