Only a few weeks after the City of Mandurah fought Bouvard Coast Care group’s Tims Thicket pollution claims, City chief Mark Newman has confirmed they will be relocating the controversial waste water spraying field.
The decision comes after City of Mandurah chief Mark Newman and director of works and services Allan Claydon met with the environmental group on Friday last week to discuss their concerns.
Initially, the field was to be located at an old waste site where, according to Bouvard Coast Care members, toxic waste had been buried throughout the late the late 1990s.
It is understood the proposed spraying field will now be located to a new site within the same reserve.
Despite agreeing to relocate the field, City of Mandurah chief Mark Newman said City officers weren’t concerned about contamination, but were willing to reach a compromise with the local environmental group.
“City officers are currently working on an amended plan to present to the relevant authorities,” Mr Newman said.
He said the change in location would delay any necessary approval from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Department of Water and Environment Regulation (DWER).
However, he said the meeting had improved the relationship between the Bouvard Coast Care group and the City of Mandurah to move forward on “mutually agreeable decisions for the environment”.
Bouvard Coast Care Group chairperson Mel Horton said the organisation was pleased with the outcome of the meeting.
“This result is an important first step in the ongoing management of the site which Bouvard Coast Care Group will continue to monitor,” she said.
“[We] look forward to working closely with the City of Mandurah to resolve the remainder of our concerns over site management in the near future.”
For more information about the group and their environmental concerns go to bouvardcoastcare.org.au.