CITY of Swan Councillors have refused an application for a tip site in Bullsbrook after significant community concerns.
The application, which was refused in September last year, was sent to the State Administrative Tribunal for mediation but was sent back to Council for reconsideration at last night’s ordinary meeting.
Swan Hills MP Jessica Shaw was at the meeting last night with residents and welcomed the decision by Council, after a fight lasting longer than a year to stop the landfill site going ahead.
“The proposal would see hundreds of trucks daily using Chittering Road, six days a week, passing by the local school, childcare centre, town site and dense housing ,” she said.
“It poses a genuine road safety risk and would impact on the area’s popularity as a tourist route, frequently used by cyclists and motorcyclists.”
She said the landfill site would also leave residents open to toxic chemicals and contamination.
“Bullsbrook residents are deeply concerned about the danger this proposal presents to local children – the significant noise, dust, watercourse contamination, potential asbestos exposure and biodiversity and fire risk impacts,” she said.
“During the last State election a number of residents contacted me anxious about this proposal and a number of other extractive industry proposals in Bullsbrook.”
More than 1300 people signed a petition against the tip and campaigned against it.
Resident Lisa Vella said the proposal would mean big trucks passing through the town site and homes every four minutes, six days a week for as many as 10 years.
“With up to 160 truck movements a day, it will only be a matter of time before there is a serious accident or fatality,” she said.
Bullsbrook Resident and Ratepayers Association president Anne Sibbel said she was happy the Council had listened to the concerns of residents.
“The Council listened to the Bullsbrook community’s concerns about the negative impacts of this proposal on local road safety, amenity and the environment – I thank them for again refusing the application, We hope SAT will have a similar response.”