CHRIS Oughton of the Kwinana Industries Council is livid he was not consulted by the City of Rockingham over its decision to seek to abolish the Kwinana Loop Freight Railway.
A motion seeking to abolish it was approved by the council at its meeting on Tuesday.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was somewhat baffled at Mr Oughton’s ire, as the KIC was not a decision maker in the process.
“No – they were not consulted. The proposal to reinstate the Kwinana Loop Freight Railway was initiated by the Department of Transport and is being progressed through a process run by the Department of Planning,. It is not clear what value would be derived from the City consulting with KIC,” he said.
“The KIC is a stakeholder within the process but certainly not a decision maker nor an organisation that the City would defer to.”
Mr Oughton said the KIC was not consulted by anyone from the council in their preparation of their report.
He said it was disappointing.
“We were explicitly excluded from membership of the working group that came up with the six options, so I guess that means what we think is irrelevant,” he said.
“Members of the working group have told me KIC’s exclusion was at the insistence of the City’s representative.
“One would think that given industry is a key stakeholder in this process, the City would have consulted.
“The departments of transport and state development were also surprised to see the report.
“The City’s report fails to acknowledge that its representative and several stakeholders developed a series of six options.
“These were assessed and two options were agreed to go forward for detailed assessment.
“One of the successful options was the Kwinana Loop Railway reservation, and the other immediately to the north of this.
“I am advised by two members of the working group that the City’s representative actively participated in this process.”
He said the rail line would be nowhere near residents’ homes.
“Proximity to homes by railways is covered under State Planning Policy 5.4, which deals with freight transport,” Mr Oughton said.
“The distances from the Loop Railway to homes is well in excess of the minimum distances as set out in the SPP 5.4, and the City is well aware of this.”
Cr Sammels reiterated the City was dealing with the State Government, not the KIC.