'Utterly fed up': Port Mandurah residents angered over long-running dust and dirt problem

A group of Port Mandurah residents have expressed their frustrations over what they describe as a "serious dust problem" from a large nearby construction site.

Residents say the land development, on the corner of Old Coast Road and Leisure Way, is covering homes up to 400 metres away with dirt and dust.

More than 20 residents met with Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams last month to address the issue, sharing stories of frustration and photos of the endless dust covering their properties.

Local resident, Peter Poat, said the dust debacle had been "dragging on" for more than two years.

We are utterly fed-up with the lack of action being taken by the contractor and poor oversight by council.

Syrenka Turn resident

Mr Poat said he believed the contractor was in breach of council's regulations.

"The City of Mandurah Animals, Environment and Nuisance Local Law 2010 clearly states that 'an owner and or occupier of land must take effective measures to stabilise dust on the land and ensure no dust or waste is released or escapes from the land, whether by means of wind, water or any other cause'," he said.

"This is clearly not happening and we have put-up with it for too long.

"It is obvious that council is failing to enforce its own rules."

A Syrenka Turn resident, who did not want to be named, said they were "exasperated" trying to find a solution.

"We are utterly fed-up with the lack of action being taken by the contractor and poor oversight by council," they said.

"We have been ringing and making written approaches to council for two years and next-to-nothing has been achieved - the problem is as appalling as ever."

One resident shared photos of the dust and dirt that showers her home on a daily basis. Photo: Supplied.

One resident shared photos of the dust and dirt that showers her home on a daily basis. Photo: Supplied.

Sandra Watt, who lives on Leisure Way, said her, and her neighbours, had also reported cracks developing in the walls of their homes.

In an email to City of Mandurah council last year, Ms Watt voiced her concerns regarding the damaging equipment on site.

"Apart from the dust and noise, the vibrations are damaging our walls both internally and externally," the email read.

Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams, who agreed to pass on the residents' frustrations at a discussion with the contractor, described it as a "frustrating situation".

"I certainly feel for the residents, who over the past two years have had to put up with dust blowing from a large area of cleared land while they wait for its development," he said.

"The City is attempting to work as a conduit between the private developer and the residents to understand the issues and find ways to further minimise the dust blow-off.

"I trust the developer will do what he can to make it easier for residents in the area during the construction phase."

The development is on the corner of Old Coast Road and Leisure Way. Photo: Google Maps.

The development is on the corner of Old Coast Road and Leisure Way. Photo: Google Maps.

However, acting City of Mandurah chief executive Graeme Davies said the construction site met council standards.

"The City will continue to monitor the development progress to ensure appropriate construction management is maintained during the civil works," he said.

"The developer is meeting the requirements in terms of the temporary perimeter fencing, and this will remain until the works are completed.

"In regards to dust suppression, the area outside of the road construction components have been stabilised. The roadworks are under construction and are being watered as works progress, and is being carried out to standard."

The group of residents have discussed their rights with lawyers and have approached the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's dust management office for further action.