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Members of the Bullsbrook community opposed to the tip sites joined Perth Hills MLA Jessica Shaw to protest the application.

SAT rules no on Bullsbrook clay pits

By Sally McGlew

THE State Administrative Tribunal has rejected an application from WA Timber Supplies in Bullsbrook to build two clay pits.

The land 40kms north-east of Perth has previously had extractive industry development operate on the sites which were located on Chittering Road and Jenkins Road, Bullsbrook.

In a summary of the Tribunal’s decision Justice David Parry said “the previous disused clay pits stood as an unfortunate stark and cavernous testament to an earlier time in planning regulation when rehabilitation requirements in planning approvals for extractive industry were inadequate or were not properly carried out and enforced”.

The summary went on to say that each of the proposed developments would have an unacceptable impact on the residential amenity of adjacent rural-residential property in terms of noise and visual impact.

It also stated a proposed road crossover would not be safe and the truck traffic generated by each of the proposed developments would be unacceptable in terms of its impact on traffic safety and convenience and amenity in the Bullsbrook townsite and on the rural road in the locality of the site and the works proposed on the property.

“It is unacceptable in terms of the objectives of the landscape zone and the visual amenity of the locality,” Justice Parry said.

Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw welcomed the SAT decision.

Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers Association vice-president Anne Sibbel said the local campaign to fight the tip proposal was a four-year long battle.

The Bullsbrook community, led by the Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers Association strongly opposed the tip proposal.

“We are very happy about the SAT decision – the whole community supported the campaign,” Ms Sibbel said.

In 2018, Ms Shaw tabled a 1260-strong parliamentary petition, campaigning alongside community members to raise awareness, and joining residents at SAT hearings.

“If the tip had gone ahead, it would have been right next to local homes,” Ms Shaw said.

“Hundreds of trucks would have travelled daily on Chittering Road, six days a week, passing a local school, childcare centre, town site and a dense housing area.

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