New fight to stop huge new rubbish dump in Toodyay
Aerial photo of Chitty Road landfill site with rubbish dumping area (left), evaporation ponds (front) and flooded former claypit (centre, rear).
LANDFILL opponents are gearing up for a fresh fight to stop Toodyay becoming a dumping ground for millions of tonnes of rotting Perth household waste.Read more
State Environment Minister Stephen Dawson last month rejected large parts of a community-funded appeal against conditions for granting works approval for the Chitty Road site in Hoddys Well.
His decision includes allowing the bottom of the new Class II tip for “putrescible” waste to be separated from the underlying water table by less than a previously required two-metre gap.
The tip is planned to run for 20 years and receive three million tonnes of Perth waste.
Local WA Nationals MP Shane Love said he remained “utterly opposed” to Toodyay being used as a putrescible waste dump.
‘State needs to show leadership’, says local MP
“The State needs to take leadership of the issue of waste disposal sites being imposed on rural communities who clearly do not want them in their midst,” Mr Love said.
“A proper strategy needs to be developed by the State to address waste disposal in the future.”
When asked for comment, Toodyay Shire President Brian Rayner said “I have not heard further in regards to the landfill” and didn’t respond to a further invitation to comment when emailed Mr Love’s remarks.
Mr Dawson said the WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation was currently amending its works approval to include new conditions for groundwater monitoring.
The department would continue to monitor tip operator Opal Vale’s compliance should the Perth-based company succeed in getting a State Government licence to start operations.
Company track records shows ‘not fit to operate’, say landfill opponents
A local community group which has already spent thousands of dollars fighting the $3 million project says it will appeal against licence approval on the grounds that Opal Vale is not a fit and proper company to operate the new landfill site.
They say the company has breached conditions at other landfill sites, including at another nearby Toodyay site it operates for construction rubble and other inorganic waste.
Its business model includes using cut-price contractors that have been responsible for three truck rollovers on Fernie Road in the past year, some involving unregistered and unroadworthy trucks and trailers.
Local police say it is only a matter of time before someone is killed.
The new Chitty Road operation would put another 60 heavy rubbish trucks and trailers a day on Fernie Road, as well as on Toodyay Road through Morangup and Gidgegannup to Perth.
Opal Vale applied last year for an operating licence but a decision was delayed pending works approval, which was finalised last month subject to new water monitoring conditions.
Local opponents have lodged at least two further appeals against the licence, which will ultimately be decided by the Minister.