SAT appeal over sand mine

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The City imposed the directions on the mine, which it claimed was exceeding its maximum truck movements per day condition by almost 10 times.

However, landowner and Stargaze Asset Pty Ltd director Adrian Brajkovich appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal and the directions have been put on hold. The result of the SAT appeal may surface at a mediation meeting on August 4.

Residents, who are fed up with the high number of trucks entering and exiting Great Northern Highway from Walyunga Road, notified the City of the concerning amount of trucks.

The sand mine was recently granted an extension for its operations under the condition that truck movements would not exceed 80 per day.

However, since then, State Parliament has been told that there were an average 400 truck movements per day.

Most of the sand is being delivered to the Gateway WA project, for which Stargaze is a major contractor.

Gateway WA relationships manager Tammy Mitchell told The Advocate that the number of daily truck movements could be even higher.

‘The exact number of trucks may vary daily (due to the changing requirements on-site at the Gateway WA project), however, on average it is anticipated there will be a fleet of 65 trucks that will carry approximately six loads each day,’ she said.

That takes truck movements to about 780.

City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the landowner had appealed against the directions to SAT and ‘at this stage, the City has not initiated a prosecution against the landowner’.

‘It is the courts that would determine if a breach had occurred and if it had to determine the penalty (including fines),’ he said.

The City of Swan will return to the property soon to conduct a follow-up inspection.

Mr Brajkovich was contacted for comment but did not return calls.