A number of waste facilities are located in close proximity in the Dardanup area and include the following sites currently licensed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). Details of the premises within the ‘Dardanup Waste Precinct’ (the Precinct) are as follows:
|Current Licence||Occupier||Premises||Activities||Approved capacity (tonnes per annual period)|
|L8904/2015/1||Cleanaway Solid Waste Pty Ltd||Banksia Road Landfill||
Category 61: Liquid waste facility
Category 64: Class II or III putrescible landfill
|L8888/2015/1||Shire of Dardanup||Shire of Dardanup Transfer Station||
Category 62: Solid Waste Depot
|L7089/1997/11||Fitonia Pty Ltd||TJ Depiazzi & Sons - Composting facility||
Category 67A: Compost manufacturing and soil blending
Category 70: Screening etc of material
|L8746/2013/1||Bunbury Harvey Regional Council||Wellington group of Councils Compost Facility||Category 67A: Compost manufacturing and soil blending||20,000|
DWER has received a number of complaints from the community in relation to odour and dust emissions and the method of operation of some premises within the Precinct.
Updates on key activities relating to premises within the Precinct are detailed below.
Banksia Road Landfill
In December 2018, DWER received a works approval application W6212/2019/1 from Cleanaway Solid Waste Pty Ltd (Cleanaway) to construct a lithium tailings storage cell at its landfill facility at Lot 2 on Plan 65861 Banksia Road Crooked Brook (Banksia Road Landfill). DWER did not receive an application to process ore.
On 7 November 2019, Cleanaway advised DWER that it wished to withdraw its works approval application for the lithium tailings storage cell. As a result, the application has been marked as withdrawn in DWER’s records and no further assessment is required.
On 10 September 2019, DWER received an application from Cleanaway to increase the volume of solid waste accepted for landfilling from 303,000 tonnes to 350,000 tonnes per year. Approval for the increase in waste was granted by DWER through a licence amendment on 17 December 2019. This amendment also amalgamated all previous amendments into a consolidated licence. Nine appeals were lodged with the Minister for Environment against the amendment. The Minister dismissed the appeals on 15 June 2020, but noted that DWER should expedite the further investigations needed to demonstrate compliance for noise emissions from the site.
On 27 March 2020 Cleanaway submitted a Compliance Document and a Construction Quality Assurance Validation Report for the completion of construction works related to Cell 7 of the landfill to DWER. On the same day, Cleanaway also submitted an application to amend licence L8904/2015/1 to allow waste disposal in Cell 7 to commence. Approval for waste disposal to commence in Cell 7 was granted by DWER through a licence amendment on 4 June 2020. One appeal was lodged with the Minister for Environment against the amendment and is now being investigated by the Appeals Convenor.
On 4 August 2020, Cleanaway submitted an application for a licence amendment, requesting to increase the volume of solid waste accepted for landfilling from 350,000 tonnes to 390,000 tonnes per year. The application was advertised on the department’s website on 9 September 2020 and 22 submissions, opposing the application, were received. On 6 November 2020, DWER met Cleanaway to advise the licence amendment would be refused. Cleanaway subsequently withdrew the application on 11 November 2020.
Bunbury Harvey Regional Council Composting Facility
Following investigations into increased odour related complaints from the Dardanup area and the findings from DWER inspections of premises in the Precinct, the Department has completed a risk-based review of licence L8746/2013/1 granted to the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council (BHRC) for their Composting Facility at Lot 1 on Diagram 65861, Lot 1 Banksia Rd. The licence review focused on current operations, impacts and controls in relation to odour. On 23 October 2020, DWER issued an amended licence L8746/2013/1 to impose tighter controls on the composting process to mitigate odour emissions from the premises. These controls included further defined waste acceptance limits, storage and processing timeframes, the addition of green waste as a biofilter and the application of a microbial odour treatment solution to windrows.
On 24 April 2020, DWER granted works approval W6223/2019/1 to the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council for the construction of a new enclosed composting facility at Stanley Road, Wellesley. Once constructed, DWER understands that BHRC will relocate their composting operations to the new facility.
DWER officers have visited the Precinct 14 times since August 2019. During these visits compliance inspections of the waste facilities within the precinct were undertaken and/or officers have met with members of the community in relation to concerns they had raised or as part of ongoing investigations into these facilities.
Between 19 March and 20 April 2020 DWER installed a dust monitor at a nearby residential premises to monitor dust emissions being received.
Following inspections at the Cleanaway Banksia Road Landfill in August 2019 an investigation was conducted into waste storage and management practices at the facility. As a result of this investigation, DWER commenced a prosecution against Cleanaway in August 2020 alleging two licence breaches relating to the incorrect storage of drill muds and incorrect use of shredder floc as cover material.
On 02 November 2020, Cleanaway pleaded guilty to both offences in the Bunbury Magistrates Court and was fined $11,000 and $14,000 respectively.
Further investigations are ongoing as a result of compliance inspections.
The Shire of Dardanup (the Shire) has recently advised DWER that it intends to include the Precinct as a Special Use Zone in its upcoming Local Planning Scheme No. 9. Consultation with landowners, community representatives and State Government authorities commenced in June 2020. The Shire should be contacted for further information on this matter.
On 9 October 2020 the department received an application for a Category 54 (Sewage facility) licence from the Water Corporation (WC). The WC has been operating the Dardanup Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) since 1996. The WWTP has previously been registered under the EP Act and WC has now applied to licence the premises. The application is currently in the validation stage and has not yet been formally accepted by the department.
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Any concerns regarding the operations of licensed premises within the precinct can be reported to DWER’s 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or you can submit an online report.
For more information about appeals, visit the Office of the Appeals Convenor website.
Shire of Dardanup Planning Department can be contacted on (08) 9724 0000.
Updated 20 November 2020