Call to act over ‘industrialisation’ of area

Craigie resident Sylvia Tetlow is concerned about the water treatment project. Picture: Emma Reeves d415271
Craigie resident Sylvia Tetlow is concerned about the water treatment project. Picture: Emma Reeves d415271

Scientist Sylvia Tetlow said the ‘cake stall’ open house at Craigie Leisure Centre last week discouraged further discussions between the corporation and community.

‘Sadly it resulted in failure to make any progress towards a resolution of issues (smell, ground vibration, noise, dust and light) disturbing residents,’ she said.

The corporation invited householders to talk one-on-one with staff and give feedback on Stage I of the Groundwater Replenishment Scheme planned for the site off Ocean Reef Road. ‘There was no more information available over and above what we already knew,’ Ms Tetlow said.

‘What we want as residents is no more nuisances emanating from industrialisation of the site. These nuisances decrease our quality of life and decrease property values.’

Ms Tetlow said a dense buffer between houses and the Beenyup site had absorbed noise, vibration, dust and smells until removed by the corporation in late 2012.

She said the best solution was to vest the remaining buffer strip in the City of Joondalup or WA Planning Commission, so it had protection, similar to Bushland Forever sites.

Ms Tetlow wants corporation chief Sue Murphy to visit the area and for residents to come up with a co-ordinated approach to ‘industrialisation’ of the area, which includes a Public Transport Authority application for a bus depot on 1.7ha to the north of the Beenyup site.

A Water Corporation spokeswoman said it had cleared a 3.14ha bushland area on the western border of the Craigie site between September 2012 and January 2013 to comply with the Bushfires Act 1954.

‘The corporation understands clearing had an impact on the visual amenity for nearby residents,’ she said. ‘We are committed to revegetating some of the area.’