A new residential estate will be developed on a 34-hectare sand extraction and mining lease site at Eighty Road Baldivis, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alannah MacTiernan announced today.
Ms MacTiernan said the Department for Planning and Infrastructure had worked closely with the Department of Industry and Resources, WA Limestone, the City of Rockingham and LandCorp to achieve an early end to mining operations at the location.
“Residents of nearby Settlers’ Hill and The Ridge estates raised concerns about the effect that the nearby mining operation might have on their lifestyle in what is a fast-growing urban environment,” she said.
“I am delighted to announce that LandCorp, the State Government’s land development specialist, is to acquire the site and is planning a development of around 340 lots.
“LandCorp has also successfully negotiated the surrender of a 21 year mining lease between the Department of Industry and Resources and WA Limestone, which began in 1995, so that settlement of the land could take place in late December 2006."
Peel MLA Norm Marlborough had initiated negotiations between local residents, the State Government, LandCorp, the City of Rockingham and WA Limestone.
“This is a fantastic result for the community of Baldivis, with a lease which may have seen mining operations continue for up to 42 years, now being reduced to approximately one year of earthworks,” Mr Marlborough said.
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was pleased to help resolve the matter of the relocation of WA Limestone’s quarry site.
“We also look forward to working with LandCorp as the development of their new estate will grow an already close working relationship between the City and the State’s land developer,” Mayor Sammels said.
“This is a win-win situation for all involved; with a new sustainable estate planned to cater for the demands of the fast-growing south-west corridor, the concerns of the nearby residents of Settlers’ Hill and The Ridge addressed and the current lessee of the quarry site being able to relocate their operations successfully,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“The estate will also see innovative sustainability features included as part of the new development, which LandCorp is renowned for through its multi-award winning Harvest Lakes estate at Atwell.”
Up to 400,000 tonnes of sand may be removed from the site, which will see the site re-shaped to better suit LandCorp’s residential development and provide improved integration with neighbouring estates.
When operational, vehicle movements will occur from 6.30am - 5pm Monday to Saturday to enable prompt extraction of excess fill on the site so that residential development can occur.
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