The Shire of York  has received an application from SITA to use Allawuna Farm for a waste disposal facility. Details will be available to the public at the Shire office or on its website early in the new year.

A spokesperson for the Avon Valley Residents Association Inc, said the application appeared to seek approval to dump rubbish from the metropolitan area over the entire Allawuna Farm even though the initial application was limited to 55 hectares. The predicted growth to 3,000,000 tonnes of rubbish a year from the Perth – Peel Region would see applications for additional space should the application be successful.

A public meeting will be held in the York town hall in the near future to allow discussion of the proposal. The meeting would be a forum for residents to meet with York Shire councillors, State politicians and interested parties from Toodyay, Beverley and Quairading Shires. The Premier, Colin Barnett, had already agreed to a second meeting with the Avon Valley Residents Association and to come to York to discuss the issue before it was raised in Cabinet, the spokesperson said.

Residents were urged to contact local councillors and local members of parliament before the meeting to ensure they understood the opposition to the proposed development, the spokesperson said. 

The main group actively opposing the development, the Avon Valley Residents Association Inc, held a sausage sizzle and raffle to promote awareness of the proposal and raise funds for the legal and planning representation that will be required to defeat it. For further information and donations visit or contact PO Box 147, York 6302.     

ABOVE: Promoting opposition to the proposed SITA rubbish dump on Allawuna Farm and raising funds for the Avon Valley Residents Association on Avon Terrace before Christmas (L-R) Ian and Jenny McColl and Larry Kane.  

Shire announces steps in dealing with planning application for waste dump

The Shire has confirmed that it received a land use planning application on December 17 from waste management company, SITA for a waste dump on farmland west of York and was following steps mandated for dealing with such applications.

Shire CEO, Ray Hooper, said the application was being assessed for compliance by the Shire's planning department. Once it was found to be compliant it would be advertised and the referral process started. This meant it would be sent for consideration by Main Roads WA, Department of Health, Transport WA and other authorities as required, he said.

As with any planning application, the SITA proposal is subject to scrutiny by all government authorities and service providers such as Western Power.There would be an opportunity for public submissions during the advertised 28-day period expected to start in mid January. The application was for the $7.1million first stage of the project expected to be worth $46million in total, Mr Hooper said.

Because of the value of the project covered by the application, it triggered a process of automatic referral to a development assessment panel. The panel would comprise three independent, government appointed members and two local government representatives from the Shire, Cr Reid and Cr Duperouzel, he said.

The panel had 90 days from the time it received the application, to make a determination about its future. There was provision for a short extension which seemed likely considering the date the application was received.

Mr Hooper said that the Council would hold a public meeting during the 90 day period during which the application was being considered by the development assessment panel but emphasised that the Shire was not the decision making authority due to the project's size and it did not have control over its future.

The outcome of an appeal to the Environmental Protection Authority against the proposed development lodged by opponents of the project, is still unknown, he said.

Lindsay McNeill