OPPOSITION TO LANDFILL
PROPOSALS STEPPED UP

Community groups from York and Toodyay are maintaining pressure on the state government to intervene and stop waste dumps being established in their shires.

Recent actions by the groups have included  handing over a petition to be tabled in parliament as well as a number of meetings to discuss the proposed landfill sites.

Shadow Minister for the Environment and former York resident, Chris Tallentire MLA, attended a meeting at Glenn and Kay Davies property at which he expressed support for the groups opposed to the proposals.  "When you consider the risks to water catchments, farm land and the huge number of trucks on already dangerous roads, they make no sense," he said

Group members also met with Brendon Grylls MLA who expressed concern about the SITA proposal, especially the condition of Great Southern Highway, and pledged support for the group opposing it. Other politicians to have expressed opposition to the proposals include Paul Brown MLC, Shane Love MLA and Christian Porter MHR.

On October 22, a petition containing more than 4,500 signatures was tabled in parliament by Paul Brown. It requested an enquiry into waste management planning for the Perth metropolitan area. Mr Brown said dumping of waste from the city in rural areas was unwelcome and should be addressed by the Legislative Council Standing Committee for Environment and Public Affairs.”

Alice Bernal who handed over the petition on behalf of the community groups, said there were serious concerns about the location of the landfill sites. Planning needed to focus on waste minimisation and provision of a single, rigorously monitored landfill site, she said.

A spokesperson for the York group, Kay Davies, said claims in the media that the campaign had become a fight against the owners of the farm where SITA wanted to establish a landfill site were wrong. “Our actions have never been about the Chesters or the sale of Allawuna. "The opposition is against the land being used for landfill and the cost to our environment,” Mrs Davies said.

Glenn and I along with Robyn and Terry Davies would like to thank the York community for their support, especially the 1200 people who signed the petition on September 7, she said.

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ABOVE: Alice Bernal representing groups opposing landfill sites in the Avon Valley hands over the petition to Paul Brown MLC to be tabled in state parliament.