Sand plant expansion refused

In October 2012, the council received a request from sand and limestone supplier Urban Resources to expand sand extraction from 150,000 to 750,000 tonnes a year from its Maralla Road quarry, which would result in the number of truck movements on roads rising from 40 to 330 a day.

At a July 3 council meeting, Bullsbrook residents pleaded their cases with councillors.

Warbrook Road resident Robert Gray spoke of his thriving racehorse breeding family-business, which he has operated for 30 years.

He said increasing truck movements would see potential health issues arise for the horses.

‘Silica in the soil contributes to osteoarthritis in horses ” we have a reputation of success but this will destroy our name,’ Mr Gray said.

‘Forty trucks are problematic but 330 would be a nightmare.’

Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers Association secretary Anne Sibbel reminded council of a petition containing 448 signatures for Urban Resources to seek alternate routes for their trucks.

Residents Against Mining Proposal spokesman Paul Noone said breaches led to the company being forced to cease activities in the current stance.

Urban Resources manager Stephen Elliott said he was disappointed in the outcome. ‘I’m not sure what we will do. There are several avenues of appeal but council has decided to vote in favour of the residents, so I’ve decided to leave it at that at this stage.’

Council unanimously resolved to advise the WA Planning Commission that it was not prepared to approve the increased truck movements on the basis that Main Roads advised there would be serious traffic safety implications.