Move it, for peat’s sake

The problematic pile of peat in Wangara. Picture: Emma Reeves
The problematic pile of peat in Wangara. Picture: Emma Reeves

At last week’s Wanneroo City Council meeting, councillor Frank Cvitan asked staff whether there were any updates on the removal of the pile before a licence for composting activities ends on September 8.

The company, Stonetraders Pty Ltd, received an extension to continue composting from the then Department of Environment and Conservation in early 2012 until a deadline for its removal set by the State Administrative Tribunal.

At the August 20 council meeting, the City’s planning and sustainability director Len Kosova said there had been no action that he was aware of to remove the peat pile.

‘They only have a couple of weeks left to remove a very significant amount of peat,’ Mr Kosova said.

‘Administration has been constantly liasing with the owner.’

Mr Kosova said if the pile was not removed, the owner risked prosecution by the City.

In February last year, Gnangara residents living opposite the pile told the Weekender the company should start to remove the pile, which they estimated to be 750,000 tonnes of peat.

The company that originally put the peat in Wangara in 2006 ” Soiland ” is currently in liquidation.

Deed administrator RSM Bird Cameron sought repayments from Stonetraders for a $1.92 million debt last November.

Stonetraders has been repaying the debt through five instalments since February, with RSM due to distribute that money after the final instalment in May 2014.

Stonetraders was contacted for comment, but declined to speak to the media.