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Cuballing locals want waste facility dumped

07.28.2018, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Cuballing farmers Archie (front left), Jenny, Colin, Chad, Sarah, Tom and Harry Hawksley are concerned about a proposed waste facility that could be established next to their egg farm.A GROUP of Cuballing locals want the proposal for a Regional Shire Waste Facility site dumped.
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A proposal for a Regional Waste Recycling and Disposal Facility in the Cuballing Shire that will service seven councils has farmers and residents neighbouring the proposed site on Wandering-Narrogin road concerned.

The planned tip is designed to establish a regional approach to waste management and disposal, which was compiled by the Wagin Voluntary Group of Councils (WVGC).

The WVGC is made up of local government authorities including; the Shire of Cuballing, Shire of Narrogin, Town of Narrogin, Shire of Pingelly, Shire of Wagin, Shire of Wickepin and the Shire of Williams.

The site is situated seven kilometres from the Cuballing townsite and 8km from the Narrogin town centre.

Chad Hawksley’s family run a poultry egg business and he said his farm was located next to the proposed waste facility site.

The location is less than ideal and could ruin his business according to Mr Hawksley.

“My concern is that there has been no acknowledgement of the farms next to the site,” Mr Hawksley said.

“Our adjoining paddock is the boundary of the tip.

“We will have to reconsider our hatching plan, due to the possibility of ammonium coming off the tip. Also there is the public perception of our farm being close to a waste facility and there is the worry of feral animals and the diseases they carry being passed on to our chooks.”

Mr Hawksley was also concerned about impacts on ground water in the area.

“We use a lot of ground water for our chooks and when the water runs off the tip, what happens if there is contamination to our bore water, which we are reliant on?” he said.

“There is the possibility the eggs could also be effected, as eggs are very porous.

“If the smell comes our way, it can seep through the eggs and spoil them.”

A fourth generation farmer, Mr Hawksley said there are a lot of unknowns at this stage, which has made everyone upset and very concerned.

“There are a lot of implications, zoning, proximity to the business, separation zones,” Mr Hawksley said.

“There has been a lack of respect, there was no discussion of proposals with us or the implications this will have. Some people were not even aware of the proposal until a few weeks ago.”

Cuballing Shire chief executive officer Gary Sherry said the regional waste facility will be cost effective, compliant and an easier-to-manage site.

“We have had 70 days of public comment available on this. Our legal requirement under our Town Planning Scheme is 14 days, so I think we have been accommodating,” Mr Sherry said.

“It is still two and a half years away from accepting any waste, and that also depends on whether the proposal continues to be achieved – there is no guarantee of that yet.”

Mr Sherry said those who have made a claim will be heard and considered.

He said he understood the concerned residents claims, but said suggestion they have not been considered is not accurate.

“This process is now considering everyone,” Mr Sherry said.

“This is the point of the planning, the works approval is to consider everyone making a claim.

“To this point it has been very much about getting the proposal to this stage.”

Mr Sherry said the new regional site will be better managed, and more efficient.

The residents of the surrounding shire’s will continue to have access to their local tip and the waste will be transported to the proposed regional site.

Mr Sherry said the new regional site will be better managed, and more efficient.

The other shires will then cease landfill operations in 11 current sites.

“This will be a similar operation used by Kondinin, Corrigin, Kulin and Narembeen,” Mr Sherry said.

“They have a regional site, just north of Kondinin.”

Filipa Walmsley is another local whose property is close to the proposed site. She said she is concerned that the ground water will be affected, due to run off.

“The site they have chosen, you could not have chosen a site with more residents around it,” Ms Walmsley said.

“My concerns is, because of the agricultural area, I don’t feel the site is suitable because it is elevated.

“Run off is a possibility, so why would you stick a landfill on top of a hill and next to farms.

“We don’t have mains water supply, so everyone relies on surface water, ground water or rainwater, we don’t have another source.

“This is the problem, if it is contaminated we will be affected.”

According to the draft raft Works Application; January 2015 up to 7000 tonnes of material is anticipated to be brought to the site annually, sorted, recycled and placed to fill.

It outlines in the proposal that the Wagin Group proposes it will use the natural clay aquitard under the old gravel pit, the proposed site, as the basis for lining, designed to protect groundwater from impacts of leachate and leakage.

While the document also states that the control of surface water may be required to prevent runoff from the landfill materials flowing to the downslope farmland.

Member for Wagin Terry Waldron said he has had conversations with some of the worried locals, and he has made this known to the Shire of Cuballing.

“I have been contacted by local constituents, who have concerns about where the site is,” Mr Waldron said.

“They need to make submissions, which will form part of the planning application and their voices and concerns will be listened to. The final decision has not been made yet.

“It just needs to follow the process now.

“The idea of regional rubbish tips are a good idea, but we just need to ensure they are in the best possible locations.”

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