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Representing rural residents in Banjup, Jandakot, and Treeby


Water Corporation to withdraw 1.5 GL more

Posted by Ian Thurston on January 10, 2017 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Department of Water has authorised the Water Corporation to withdraw a further 1.5 gigalitres from the Jandakot Mound, making 4.4 GL in all.

The Water Corporation plans to have 50% of its supplies coming from groundwater by 2022. Resisting increased withdrawals from the Jandakot Mound will become more difficult as Perth’s population increases and the dams dry up.

Jandakot Water Mound submission by BRG

Posted by Ian Thurston on November 3, 2014 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (2)

We made our submission about the proposed Water Mound policy to the Department of Planning on 10 October 2014. You can download it here.

We might have the opportunity to speak to our submission in a few weeks. Please email [email protected] if you would like to attend and add your 10 cents worth.

Jandakot Water Mound Planning Policy released

Posted by Ian Thurston on August 29, 2014 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The WA Department of Planning has released for public comment on 7 August its draft Jandakot Water Mound Planning Policy. You can download it here.

The Policy has far reaching implications for development in Banjup and residents will want to consider it carefully.

Submissions concerning the draft Policy must be lodged with the Department by 10 October 2014,

60 Residents Attend June General Meeting

Posted by Ian Thurston on August 7, 2013 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

On a cold winter’s day, 60 Banjup residents attended the June general meeting. The presentation materials and the minutes of the meeting can be downloaded here.

Group members resolved:

  • To ask the City of Cockburn to spend the $300,000 budget assigned for building footpaths on fire prevention measures instead – that is, clearing verges and laying gravel.
  • That the explanation given by the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer for restricting the issue of fire permits in April and May was not satisfactory – that is, unspecified “weather conditions” was not adequate.
  • To lobby government to allow Banjup’s 2 hectare blocks with 1 title to be split into 2 1 hectare titles.



Banjup Quarry Structure Plan Submission

Posted by Ian Thurston on April 27, 2013 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (1)

We have made a submission to the City of Cockburn concerning the Structure Plan for the Banjup Quarry development. We have given the Plan qualified support, subject to these conditions:

  • Armadale Road and Jandakot Road are upgraded
  • Traffic lights across the Freeway are synchronised
  • Garden bores in the Quarry development are prohibited
  • Remnant vegetation is protected
  • Shuttle buses to Cockburn Central station are provided

You can download our submission here.

Banjup Urban Precinct Approved

Posted by Ian Thurston on September 27, 2012 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The WA Planning Commission has approved the Banjup Urban Precinct proposal that would see 2,000 houses built on the old sand quarry behind the Good Guys on Armadale Road. The proposal is now before the WA Parliament and will likely be fully approved by the end of this year. You can see the main conclusions of the WAPC’s report here. You can download the full report here.

As you will recall, the BRG made two submissions: one supportive and one against. The supportive submission was noted by the WAPC but the against submission was dismissed.

On page 6 of its report, the WAPC says:

The proposed amendment is considered a 'test' case. Accordingly the WAPC will generally not support further rezonings within the Jandakot groundwater protection area until the review of SPP 2.3 has been undertaken to enable consideration of the entire groundwater protection area.

It is unclear how the Banjup Urban Precinct can be considered a 'test' case when the WAPC will generally not support further rezonings. Surely this makes the Banjup Urban Precinct a ‘special case’.

The Department of Planning now states that the ‘test case’ refers to the pre and post construction monitoring of ground water that has to be undertaken for any development. They point out that the outcome of the current review of the Jandakot ground water protection policy will be significant to the future of Banjup, as will the final draft of the ‘Sub-Regional Strategy’ for the outer metropolitan area that will soon be released.

Hearings at WAPC

Posted by Ian Thurston on April 24, 2012 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Your Committee attended a hearing of the Western Australian Planning Commission on 23 April 2012 to amplify residents' views on the proposed Banjup Urban Precinct, as already submitted formally to the WAPC. Neil Raine spoke to the supportive submission and Liane Lied-Cordruwisch spoke to the against submission. You can download the presentation materials here and here.

The supportive submission was well received by the Commission; the against submission less so, which indicates the Commission's likely thinking.

Gary Prattley, the chairman of the WAPC, said that Stockland had been permitted to develop its Banjup Precinct proposal because they had a large land holding and were prepared to invest large amounts of money in the scientific studies necessary to satisfy the Water Mound planning requirements. The results of the scientific studies will be considered during the Water Mound Policy Review which is currently in hand.

Prattley said that the WAPC will make its recommendations to the Minister in May 2012. The timetable after that depends on the Minister and Parliament.

Submissions on Banjup Quarry made to WAPC

Posted by Ian Thurston on February 7, 2012 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (2)

As was resolved at the AGM, the Banjup Residents Group submitted by 3 February to the WA Planning Commission two submissions concerning the proposal to rezone the Banjup Quarry. You can download the supportive submission here and the against submission here.

Rezoning Media Release

Posted by Ian Thurston on December 8, 2011 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Banjup Residents Group has published a media statement concerning the proposed Banjup Urban Precinct  that you can download here.

Banjup Quarry Rezoning

Posted by Ian Thurston on November 3, 2011 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

It looks as if the ‘Banjup Quarry’ (the old sand mine between The Good Guys and the brickworks) will be rezoned for urban development and renamed the ‘Banjup Urban Precinct’.


The Department of Planning has published a proposed amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme that would see the land rezoned from ‘rural water protection’ (i.e. like the rest of the mere mortals in Banjup) to ‘urban’. You can download the full proposal here: http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/6120.asp


The Banjup Quarry rezoning proposal was supported by Cockburn Council at their December 2010 meeting but in their letter of 20 September 2011 to us (see here) they say that the

“City … does not support any rezoning, urbanisation, or industrialisation within the … Jandakot Water Mound at this time”.

You will also recall the letter from Cockburn to all ratepayers of 16 August 2011 (see here) that was explicit in its denial of support for rezoning:

“There is no support by the City for any other rezoning, urbanisation or industrialisation within the 'Resource' zone (Jandakot Water Mound) at this time.”

Naturally, we are confused, particularly as the Department for Planning’s call for submissions was published just a month later on 25 October 2011 with what appears to be substantial input from the City of Cockburn. It is inconceivable that Cockburn did not know of the Department of Planning’s intentions.


Banjup residents seek clarity about the future of their properties. Will we be secure on our properties for the next 10 years, say, or are there plans afoot that only those in the know are aware of? Our enquiries have so far been met with obfuscation at best and disdain at worst.


Banjup residents are unclear why different rules seem to apply to ‘the big end of town’ compared with small landowners. We have asked Council and the Planning minister for clarity about planning intentions but we have yet to be enlightened.


Let’s have some transparency!


At our General Meeting in August, members resolved only to get clarity about government’s plans. Your Committee did not seek any guidance as to members’ views on rezoning in Banjup – no rezoning, some rezoning, or all to be rezoned. We now need some indication as to members’ views on the rezoning of the Banjup Quarry. Please make your particular views known in the Forum (here) or by email direct to [email protected]


Once we have your views, we will be able to draft a submission to the Department of Planning.