THE City of Wanneroo could meet with the State Government about preparing a joint exit strategy for Inghams Enterprises in Sinagra.
ity of Wanneroo wants State input
Mayor Tracey Roberts’ motion, on notice to be considered tonight, calls for councillors to authorise a meeting with the Environment Minister.
It said Inghams’ operations, which have been in place since the 1960s, was now “inconsistent with the prevailing land use” given residential growth in the area.
A town centre-agreed structure plan has identified the Wanneroo Road site and surrounding land for residential development.
“However, until such time as the Inghams facility closes down or relocates, this land will continue to be sterilised due to the land use buffer,” the motion said.
“It is anticipated that land use conflicts will continue to escalate as the last of the remaining land outside the land use buffer is developed.
“It is therefore considered timely to take a more strategic approach to the relocation of Inghams’ operation to remove the facility causing local amenity and traffic concerns and release the land for development.”
Inghams’ southern region operations executive general manager Des Hindson said they were engaged with relevant State bodies in considering the long-term future of their Sinagra facilities.
He said the site was a key part of their State operations which employed over 400 people and supplied locally produced fresh chicken products.
“Any future transition plans for the facilities must be progressed in a measured way consistent with the critical role they play in local chicken production and the employment of West Australians,” he said.
The motion follows an Environment Regulation Department decision advertised last week to extend the feedmill’s current licence for a year while the City investigates planning approvals, rather than determine a licence renewal application.
The Times reported last Tuesday the City was looking into the history of approvals which a department decision document said was queried on September 14.
It said the DER had requested the City confirm whether the feedmill currently had planning approval to operate and any limit on the duration of that approval.
A City submission received on September 17 said it was researching the issue because there “appeared to be a lack of certainty and clarity over the original planning approvals granted for the use currently operating”.
A department spokeswoman said seven submitters made eight submissions about Inghams’ application with one submission including a number of signatures.
She said Inghams would need to apply for a subsequent licence about 70 days before its current amended licence expired on October 6, 2016 and it would be advertised again.