Council allows 600 more trucks a week on Toodyay and Morangup Roads
A PLAN to put 600 more heavy-haulage trucks a week on Morangup Road and Toodyay Road has been approved by the Toodyay Shire Council.
The council last month granted Boral Resources (WA) Ltd a new extraction licence to crush up to 300,000 tonnes of granite a year – six times more than previously allowed – for the next 10 years.Read more
Boral’s new licence allows it to operate up to 11 heavy trucks an hour from 6am to 5pm every weekday except on public holidays, when no trucks are allowed.
Councillors rejected a shire recommendation to allow quarry trucks to operate from 6am to 5pm on Saturdays.
They also added a new condition that will bar the trucks from using Morangup Road during school bus hours.
A shire recommendation to grant the new extraction licence was moved by Cr Paula Greenway, seconded by Shire Deputy President Therese Chitty and carried 8-1 (Cr Ben Bell against) after lengthy discussion and several amendments.
The motion included a new clause proposed by Cr Greenway and agreed by Cr Chitty that Boral be required to check with the State Public Transport Authority in Perth to notify truck drivers and the council about any changes to school bus stop locations on Morangup Road.
Cr Craig Brook declared an impartial interest because he said his children used the school bus service on Morangup Road “and my children’s safety will be affected – I will vote impartially”.
Boral applied to the shire in April for a new licence to increase production at its Cobbler Pool Road quarry from 50,000 tonnes a year to 500,000 tonnes annually.
The shire advertised the licence application for public comment in the Hills/Avon Valley Gazette on April 27 and on its website.
Eleven objectors raised concerns over increased heavy truck traffic on local roads and the risk to children using school buses.
The Morangup Progress Association said there had not been adequate community consultation.
The Toodyay Roadwise Committee said it was concerned about “road safety and congestion created by the increase in heavy freight traffic count on Toodyay Road, as well as on other local and minor roads”.
Shire Planning and Development Manager Graeme Bissett said that “in the light of strong community opposition” Boral had agreed to reduce production from 500,000 to 300,000 tonnes a year.
The quarry began operating in 1980 but had been “relatively inactive for the past four-five years,” Mr Bissett said.
An amendment by Cr Bill Manning, seconded by Cr Rob Welburn, to delay truck start times to 7am on weekdays and bar trucks on Saturdays was defeated 2-7 (only Crs Manning and Judy Dow in favour).
Cr Eric Twine queried the lack of a standard clause in the shire recommendation that would require Boral to pay for road maintenance and repairs.
His motion to correct the omission – a staff error in the shire recommendation to council – was carried 9-0 without debate.
Cr Bell moved an amendment, seconded by Cr Brook, to allow trucks to operate 6am to 5pm on weekdays but not on Saturdays.
This was carried 7-2 (Crs Twine and Welburn against).
A further amendment by Cr Brook, seconded by Cr Greenway, to bar all Boral quarry trucks from using Morangup Road during school bus hours was carried 7-2.