Still no resolution in Kwinana buffer zone debate

Residents protesting against the buffer zone.
Residents protesting against the buffer zone.

MANDOGALUP residents are still protesting after a meeting with Kwinana Industries Council failed to bring a settlement suitable for both parties.

KIC chairman Chris Oughton said he went into the meeting hoping to show the residents what options were available to them, should the buffer zone come to fruition.

“I invited the residents to the meeting to discuss alternatives to a change from their current ‘residential’ zoning to ‘light or special industry’ zoning,” he said.

“I wanted to show them that they could probably do very well financially if they worked collectively together to have the land rezoned to light industry.”

Mr Oughton said he thought the residents were amped up by “Satterley people” who attended the meeting despite not being invited.

Local landowner Mark Wells accused the State Government and the industry of scare mongering.

“I want the KIC to know that we will not give up and we will not be bullied by big industry or by the Government,” he said.

“The Government is trying to scare the public by stating there is a health risk living in this area.

“Studies and evidence suggest otherwise. I want to know what their hidden agenda is.

“If market gardeners can operate and sell their produce that we buy in supermarkets, Alcoa can have a social club within this area and my family has lived here for more than 80 years, I want to see evidence of the health risk.”

Mr Oughton sought to clear up the health concerns by saying: “The issue in Mandogalup is not about the health of the residents, it is about their amenity.”

Premier Colin Barnett talking about the health and amenity of residents was in relation to the entire buffer zone, not just the Mandogalup area.

Mr Oughton went on to question Satterley’s motive in fighting the buffer zone.

Just because the land could not be zoned for housing did not mean it could not be zoned for light industrial or maybe even commercial.

“The point it that it still has substantial value,” he told the residents.