- Improved outcome for landowners
- Greater certainty for industry
- Future planning to go ahead
The State Government has moved to provide greater certainty for Mandogalup landowners with properties affected by a 1.5 kilometre buffer next to Alcoa's Kwinana Residue Disposal Area (RDA).
State Cabinet has endorsed findings by the Environmental Protection Authority that will allow for urban development on land to the north-east of the RDA, as it found negligible health and amenity impact from dust in this area.
Urban zoned land can accommodate residential, and other land uses such as commercial, light industrial or other employment activities. Suitability of land uses will be determined when more detailed planning takes place.
The Western Australian Planning Commission will start preparing a draft improvement plan over rural land to the north, south and east of the RDA (land in the closest proximity to the RDA boundary).
The purpose of the draft improvement plan is to further assess potential health and amenity impacts and to plan for future industrial use.
It is intended that planning for the area will become the responsibility of the WAPC, who will consult with local governments, industry and landowners in the development of a draft plan and scheme to guide future land use decisions for the area.
More information is available at https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/mandogalup
Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
"We have taken advice from the Environmental Protection Authority on the level of dust in areas affected by the buffer that previously prevented many landowners from selling or subdividing their properties.
"This advice means that the Western Australian Planning Commission can now investigate the best possible use for this land.
"This will be the first step in developing a comprehensive plan for this area and assist in bringing some surety for landowners in the region.
"This approach will also ensure that the major industrial area of Kwinana and its future growth will be protected.
"This is a sensible outcome, based on sound environmental advice."
Minister's office - 6552 5500