Residents oppose sand mine

Charlotte and Ray Maisey, Susan and Thierry Venaille, Serene and Simon Maisey with daughters Tegan and Hayley are all concerned about the proposed sand mine. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d421489
Charlotte and Ray Maisey, Susan and Thierry Venaille, Serene and Simon Maisey with daughters Tegan and Hayley are all concerned about the proposed sand mine. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d421489

A letter from Eclipse Resources advised nearby residents in May of its intent to construct a shallow sand mine, while also seeking their feedback.

A company spokesman told the Times there were ‘a lot of hoops to jump through’ before the mine could be approved.

‘It has to be approved by two ministers ” the Environment Minister as well as the Mines Minister,’ he said.

He said the company would also need to consult with the departments of Parks and Wildlife, Environment and Water, City of Wanneroo, Main Roads and the WA Planning Commission.

‘We’re working with DPaW on what the proposal entails and what the plan includes, but we haven’t gone far down that track yet so there’s a long way to go,’ he said.

‘Obviously community consultation is another area and we notified the immediate neighbours and we’ve got some written feedback. All concerns need to be considered, including those outlined verbally and in writing, before we go anywhere. If we can’t work with the community on these things, it won’t happen.’

Resident Thierry Venaille has objected to the sand mine for environmental, health and financial reasons.

‘The proposed operation will bring dust, noise and traffic of heavy |vehicles ‘