Planned waste site to deter dumpers

City of Swan councillor Kevin Bailey at the Middle Swan waste transfer station. Picture: Bruce Hunt d407370
City of Swan councillor Kevin Bailey at the Middle Swan waste transfer station. Picture: Bruce Hunt d407370

The council is calling for public comment on the proposed amendments to the Local Planning Scheme No.17, to facilitate the station at Lot 6 Stock West Road.

As reported in The Advocate last month, illegal dumping has cost the City more than $250,000 to remove in the past year.

North ward councillor Kevin Bailey said the transfer station was ‘vital in ensuring effective means of bulk waste disposal for communities and neighbourhoods, especially in the new and proposed urban growth corridors.’

Cr Bailey said it was an issue in the large rural open areas due to the large distances residents and businesses must travel to Red Hill Waste treatment Facility to discard materials.

‘The Bullsbrook transfer station will provide residents and businesses in the City’s northern wards with a more convenient option for disposing recyclables,’ Cr Bailey said.

If approved, it would receive and sort dry bulk household materials for re-use and recycling and prepare it for dispatch to other companies and locations.

Resident Kate Umm Ameena told The Advocate that she ‘absolutely would use it ” one bulk pick-up a year does not cut it; I need to be able to dump large household and green waste during the year.’

Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers Association president Glynn Davies said the association was disgusted by the amount of waste that is dumped on roadsides, particularly in West Bullsbrook.

‘It would be good to have something closer than Red Hill, but I am surprised this wasn’t targeted towards more of the commercial land, rather than trying to re-zone rural,’ he said.

‘I do have concerns that outside operating hours, waste may be dumped adjacent to the facility if patrons turn up only to find the gates closed.’

The proposed amendments have been referred to the Waste Authority, Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, landowners and councillors for input.

The City’s planning officers will review submissions and plan to deliver the feedback to council at the October 16 meeting.

The community has until September 25 to submit written comments on the proposed amendment to the City of Swan, PO Box 196 Midland WA 6936, quoting LPS17-102.