Call to Widen Review of WTC Buffer Line

25/08/2016

The City of Rockingham will put pressure on the State Government to expand the review of the Western Trade Coast Protection Area (WTCPA) buffer line to ensure a better outcome for its residents and allow for more employment-generating investment.

The City wants the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) review to take in the entire WTCPA boundary line. Currently only the Mandogalup portion of this buffer zone boundary line is subject to investigation by the EPA.
 
Mayor Barry Sammels said Council was opposed to the limited review because the planning and environment principles which had prompted it were applicable to the entire buffer rather than just portions of it. He said the buffer was out of date and not based on contemporary scientific evidence.
 
“We will ask the Minister for Environment to intervene and direct the EPA to conduct a thorough review of the entire buffer line to ensure a proper, justifiable and credible outcome,” Mr Sammels said.
 
“The City is concerned that if the EPA focuses on just one section of the boundary line, the rights and interests of our residents and investors will be ignored.”
 
The City also wants the State Government to address the planning delays and restrictions the review is causing. The EPA and Department of State Development has knocked back applications from the City to amend its town planning scheme to allow for a range of non-residential activities because the buffer zone legislation is not yet finalised.
 
“There is prime commercial land near Patterson Road that investors are waiting to develop but we can’t give them approval because of this buffer zone fiasco that could take years to resolve.” Mr Sammels said.

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