Kwinana Industrial Buffer: EPA to prepare report for State Govt

Greens South Metro MLC Lynn MacLaren (left) with Mandogalup residents outside Parliament House on Tuesday. Picture: Facebook
Greens South Metro MLC Lynn MacLaren (left) with Mandogalup residents outside Parliament House on Tuesday. Picture: Facebook

THE Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will provide information on the proposed Kwinana Industrial Buffer after Minister for Environment Albert Jacob requested advice from the independent board.

Chairman Tom Hatton said the EPA would consider the potential impacts of both current and future land uses before providing advice on an appropriate buffer size.

“The EPA’s advice will focus on the specific issue of potential health and amenity aspects of dust in the Mandogalup area in respect to any proposed buffer,” Dr Hatton said.

“The EPA will now begin gathering and reviewing information prior to calling for public submissions.”

Mr Jacob’s request comes after a request from the Minister for State Development for information on the size of the buffer.

It is expected the EPA will provide advice to Mr Jacob by the end of the year.

It follows residents marching on Parliament House on Tuesday to demonstrate their opposition to the buffer, the latest in a number of protests.

State Opposition Leader and Member for Rockingham Mark McGowan threw his support behind the residents during a meeting with various stakeholders.

Greens South Metro Region MLC Lynn MacLaren was critical of the State Government on Tuesday after it said land owners would not be compensated, claiming the residents’ land would not be “injuriously affected”.

“We know that this doesn’t ring true. The enjoyment and use of their properties will be limited once the buffer is implemented,” she said.

“I met with residents earlier this month, who told me they were very concerned about house prices falling because of this and the restrictions that will most likely be placed on their land’s development potential.

“If there is a health risk, residents should be fully informed. Otherwise, industry should be held to stick by their long established plan to decommission the nearby facility.”