Winds of change blowing to protect dunes: City of Wanneroo

THE City of Wanneroo will seek public comment on its first draft bulk earthworks and sand drift policy.

The council agreed at its November 10 meeting to advertise the policy with a 21-day submission period.

Councillor Sabine Winton, who put up the original motion in March, welcomed public consultation on the draft policy.

“It’s a policy that’s well overdue (and) a very important policy given the amount of greenfields we have, the amount of developments,” she said.

Cr Winton also encouraged people to make submissions during the consultation period at the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting last month.

She said sand drift policies in the cities of Cockburn and Kwinana did not allow clearing of land during certain months of the year.

The North Coast ward councillor said dust was a health issue and residents should report it and keep a log of days when dust was an issue.

At the council meeting, Cr Linda Aitken praised City staff for increasing compliance monitoring of developers.

The council report said most developments were in the coastal corridor, where dune formations were easily eroded by wind.

“While the coastal strip continues to be developed for subdivision there is a high risk that sand drift and dust will be an ongoing issue,” it said.

The draft policy said the City expected developers to minimise sand and dust nuisance to nearby properties, and prepare dust management plans for bulk earthworks sites.

It does not propose to restrict clearing or earthworks to specific seasons.

For more information, visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au.