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Proposed Extension to the Toodyay Road Gravel Pit

You are probably aware of the proposal to expand the amount of gravel extracted from 3650 Toodyay Road near Red Swamp Brook.

If this concerns you, NOW is the time to register your disapproval.

There is a Public Notice about this at the Shire of Mundaring's web site. Invitations to comment close at 4pm on 19 December 2017. The public notice gives detail about where to lodge your concerns.

You can also give your comments on the "invitation to comment" icon at https://www.mundaring.wa.gov.au/AboutCouncil/NewsPublications/Pages/PublicNotices.aspx .

You can use either of these ways to register your concern.

Time is short. You can also also ask for an extension for this process.

You do NOT need to be a resident of the Shire of Mundaring. Everybody that might be affected has every right to register their concerns.

IDEAS THAT YOU CAN USE:

A look at the available documents (see below) suggests that the environmental impact work that has been carried out is less than adequate. The key points are:

  • Impact on the quality of the water in Red Swamp Brook and its knock on effect on the local vegetation and animals
    • Turbidity (how clear the water is)
    • Acidity
    • Falling oxygen levels
    • Salinisation risk
  • Impact on the value of the surrounding properties
  • Impact of noise
  • Loss of visual amenity
  • Road safety issues including
    • The speed differential between vehicles already on Toodyay Road and those emerging from the gravel pit
    • The delays to emergency services vehicles on Toodyay Road
    • The presence of school buses
    • The geometry of the road, including overtaking lanes and the width of road reserves
    • The ability of Toodyay Road to handle up to an additional 300 fully laden trucks for day
    • Risk of runoff of sand, gravel and water from the pit onto Toodyay Road
  • Impact on tourism on visitors to the Avon Valley

DOCUMENT LIST

Points from 22 submissions received by the Shire of Mundaring to initial gravel pit application can be found here. This includes a map at the end of the document.

One licencee is Trico Resources Pty Ltd, and the grant of licence by the Department of Environment Regulation can be found here.

Another licencee is Swan Gravel Pty Ltd, and the grant of licence by the Department of Environment Regulation can be found here.

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