The City has received an application for the abovementioned proposal, which involves the following:
- An additional stage (Stage 5) to continue extractions at the gravel quarry to the east of the existing extraction area (stage 4);
- New extraction area to be 5ha in area, and known as ‘Stage 5 extraction area’, to be developed in Stages 5A and 5B. Stage 5A proposed to be completed before Stage 5B commences;
- Stage 5A is expected to be cleared in three years, and 5B in two years. The applicant is seeking a 10 year timeframe to complete both stages. Current approval for stage 4 is for 5 years;
- Gravel will be extracted at a rate of 16,000m³ a year (same as the existing stage 4 approval);
- Hours of operation proposed to be 6am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and up to three employees on site at any one time. The current stage 4 approval is for 6am to 6pm Monday to Saturday;
- The current vehicular access via an existing right of way connecting to Brookton Highway will remain unchanged. Traffic movements also remain unchanged, being an average of 3.33 trucks per day;
- In terms of visual impact, the Visual Impact Assessment submitted with the application concludes that the proposal will not have a significant impact on visual amenity due to the staging strategy and the screen effect from the rehabilitation of the existing extraction area;
- In terms of potential dust, noise and vibration impacts, the application confirms these would be managed through the implementation of the Rehabilitation and Decommissioning Programme contained in the Environmental Management Plan; and
- The applicant advises that progressive rehabilitation works will occur on a yearly basis following the closure of previously extracted areas of the pit, with the backslope to be rehabilitated first to ensure the active pits are not as visually prominent in the landscape.
The City is required to advertise the development application (as per Clause 64 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015) prior to making its decision.
In accordance with the City of Armadale Extractive Industries Local Law (Section 2.2), the local government (unless first approving otherwise) may:
- Require the applicant to advertise the proposal prior to applying for a licence; and
- Within 14 days of receiving a copy of the notice, require the proposed applicant to advertise the application and invite comments and objections within 21 days of placement of the notice.
It is intended that the advertising of the development application in accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 will satisfy advertising requirements for both processes.
Further details are available for viewing at the City’s Administration Building between the hours of 8.15am and 4.45pm Monday to Friday .
Should you have any queries regarding this proposal, please contact Felly Dhliwayo from the City's Planning Services on (08) 9394 5140 or FDhliwayo@armadale.wa.gov.au.
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