Residents cheer quarry rejection

Wanneroo City Council decided last Tuesday, July 23, not to approve Lime Industries 2011 application for an extractive industry at 90 Nowergup Road.

Elected members allowed a recommendation to approve the application with 29 conditions to lapse, then supported an alternative motion by councillor Brett Treby to reject it.

The State Administrative Tribunal had asked the council to make a decision on the application after the company deemed it refused in January and appealed to SAT.

Lime Industries owner Irene Menchetti said the company was disappointed with the decision, and would proceed with its appeal through SAT.

Lake Nowergup/Carabooda Valley Community Group spokeswoman Sabine Winton said they were ‘a tad thrilled’ after three years of lobbying against quarries near the lake.

‘We now look forward to the administration fully and properly defending the council’s position at a full hearing in SAT,’ Ms Winton said.

‘We applaud our council for having the vision and determination to defend this most special rural jewel that is the Lake Nowergup Valley.

‘With over 50 years supply of limestone less than two kilometres away, small scale mining in the heart of the valley makes no sense at all.’

In his recommendation, Cr Treby said the application was contrary to the district planning scheme because of the impact it would have on the environment, as well as incom- patibility with surrounding land uses in terms of noise, dust, traffic and vegetation.

He said on weighing up the information in the application, he was not convinced the applicant would manage those factors sufficiently to not impact negatively on neighbouring residents.

Cr Dianne Guise said the property had been used sporadically since the 1930s, but not as a quarry for many years.

‘It is in close proximity to local residents ” there is no doubt in my mind that excavation will unduly impact on the area,’ Cr Guise said.