Couple’s home dream closer

Couple’s home dream closer

Wanneroo City Council resolved on July 22 to amend a structure plan to allow Mick and Judy Garbin to build a house on their property next to a Wanneroo Road chicken farm.

The next step will be to get the WA Planning Commission to adopt the amendment, which the city sent to it, along with public submissions.

Before the meeting, Urbis regional director Ray Haeren said his client, Ingham, had objected to the scheme amendment on a property next to its Wanneroo Road poultry operation.

Mr Haeren said there had been poultry farms on the property since the 1960s and Ingham had made more than $70 million in improvements to their land.

He said Ingham was concerned the amendment would allow additional dwellings on properties within the poultry farm buffer zone, thus increasing the number of complaints about odours.

‘We understand the intention now is for the existing dwelling to be removed,’ he said.

‘However, it’s still our contention that the spirit and intent of the state planning policy are being adhered to.’

Mr Haeren said his client wanted to maintain the buffer and did not feel it was appropriate to have intensification of housing within that area.

Though Ingham objected to political pressure to relocate its operations in its submission, Mr Haeren said the company would consider discussing options with local and state governments.

Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Dot Newton said complaints about odour came from beyond the 500m buffer zone because steam from the feed mill dispersed farther away.

‘It was a chicken farm ” it’s now a feed mill and manufacturing plant,’ she said.

‘We could stop development a mile (1.6km) away because that’s where you can smell it.’

Cr Frank Cvitan said the amendment would allow the couple, who had lived next door for a long time, to build a new house and knock down their existing one, and there would be a memoriam on the deed acknowledging it was within the buffer zone.

Cr Dianne Guise said she did not think other people would ‘rush’ to build within the buffer zone and Cr Brett Treby said Ingham should consider moving to more suitable places such as the Neerabup industrial area.

Last September, the Garbins appealed to the council for help because the current structure plan prevented them building a house to replace their existing home.

In a separate report, the council approved a limestone boundary fence application from owners of a property on Perry Road in Pinjar.

According to the report, they wanted a wall along their side boundary on Chitty Road, which vehicles used to access a neighbouring property owned by Ingham.

‘The noise created by trucks entering and departing Ingham is causing the owners (‘