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Swan amendment process stalls

THE Department of Planning says it is still to receive Amendment No. 150 to local planning scheme 17, which relates to the rezoning of land in Upper Swan to allow for bitumen manufacturing at Lot 16 and 32 Great Northern Hwy.

In May Rod Lundie from Bitutek said the company had sent the Environmental Protection Authority updated noise and odour modelling about two months earlier but had not heard anything back from the authority yet.

In Bitutek’s licence on hold pending Swan zoning change (Echo News, May 31) it was reported the Department of Water and Environment Regulation had put on hold a decision to licence the business until a decision was made about amending the local planning scheme. 

Last year Upper Swan residents said they believed that Bitutek was responsible for an offensive, acrid odour like burning rubber sometimes apparent in the area.

Meanwhile the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), which started investigating Bitutek after residents complained about the odour Regulator investigates odour in Upper Swan (Echo News, August 31, 2017) is yet to announce the results of its investigation.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has said DWER was given information in November 2017 that Bitutek was using the nearby Apple St road train assembly area to conduct truck to truck transfers and heating of tankers.

A Main Roads spokeswoman said it had not received a request from Bitutek to use the Apple St assembly area.

She said the Apple St road train assembly area was regularly inspected and maintained by Main Roads maintenance crews and they had not raised any concerns regarding the condition or usage of this area recently.  

But she said Main Roads maintenance crews only inspected and maintained the Apple St road train assembly area during business hours.

She said Main Roads was waiting for the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to finish its investigation into the matter and awaited their advice on any findings. 

Bitutek has provided bitumen for parts of NorthLink WA.

The City of Swan was asked for an update on Amendment No. 150 but had not responded before Echo News went to press.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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