New shire plan adds mining

I HAVE just read through the Shire of Toodyay’s new 2017 Draft Local Planning Strategy which gives industry mining a ‘D’ use.
It is worth noting that under the current Town Planning Scheme 4 (TPS4), industry mining is not listed as a use.
The reason for this is a simple one and that is that the shire can neither approve nor reject an application to mine.
However Section 120 of the State Mining Act gives local shires a say in regard to whether or not mining should take place within their shire.
If we allow our shire to give mining a ‘D’ use, it will send the wrong message to the State Mining Warden when an application to mine is received.
To gain your support for the new draft Local Planning Strategy the shire says that a ‘D’ use will trigger s120 of the Mining Act.
However, that section will be open to the shire regardless of any changes.
I urge everyone to put in a submission before submissions close on Friday November 3 to say that mining should not be given a use under any changes to our Town Planning Scheme or we will end up being the mining mecca of the Avon valley.
If that happens you can kiss goodbye to tourism and all the other industries on the drawing board for the hard-working committees in Toodyay.
The shire’s new Draft Local Planning Strategy is listed in the ‘public notices’ tab at the top of, then click at the bottom of that page for ‘more public notices’.
Brian Dale

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