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Representing rural residents in Banjup, Jandakot, and Treeby


Protect or Not Banjup's Rural Amenity

Posted by Ian Thurston on September 27, 2017 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

At the general meeting of 10 September, members reflected on the loss of rural amenity in Jandakot and Treeby and what the implications might be for Banjup south of Armadale Road. We noted that urbanization is pressing on Banjup on all sides and we could be white anted by developers until not much of our rural amenity is left.

Banjup residents could embrace urbanization and actively seek rezoning or we could actively protect our rural amenity. Your Committee is seeking all members’ views on this matter over the coming months so that we can determine a consensus with which the BRG can move forward. A thread on the BRG Facebook facilitates that discussion.

Alternatively, please add your thoughts to this page. Thanks.

You can download the presentation materials from the 10 September meeting here. Go to page 38 to see the slides on Banjup amenity. The alternative motions on pages 48 and 49 were not put to the meeting. They were shown only to focus residents’ minds on the crux of the questions before us.

Note that your Committee has adopted no position on this matter. We seek only to facilitate debate.

Harper Road Mobile Phone Mast

Posted by Ian Thurston on January 10, 2017 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In December 2016, Optus applied to Cockburn to approve the erection of a 42 metre high mobile phone mast on a property on the U bend of Harper Road in Banjup. Some Banjup residents who want better mobile voice and data service welcomed the application. However, other Banjup residents were strongly opposed to it being built in the beautiful Banjup landscape and affecting their visual amenity.

The BRG Committee extensively researched the Optus proposal in order to ascertain the facts and to understand the planning approval process. A detailed report was emailed to 232 members on 23 December 2016 seeking feedback. A very few responses were received but they were split evenly between those objecting to and those not opposing the mast.

The BRG Committee resolved to take no formal position on the mast. Instead, it resolved to make 2 submissions to the City of Cockburn: one objecting to the mast and the other not opposing it. You can download the covering letter, which includes important notes, here, the objecting submission here, and the not opposing submission here.


Warton Road Sand Mine

Posted by Ian Thurston on January 10, 2017 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In August 2016, Hanson Corporation applied to the Environmental Protection Authority for permission to re-open the old sand mine at the corner of Jandakot and Warton Roads. The site has been ‘Bush Forever’ land for over 10 years.

Hanson wants the sand because its own other local sand mines are exhausted and it is having to truck sand from Ellenbrook to its concrete plants in Canning Vale and Kwinana.

Hanson could, of course, buy sand locally from the mines in Wattleup but they did not mention this in their application to the EPA.


The BRG submitted to the EPA that a public review of Hanson’s application be held. The EPA agreed and we expect the review to begin by March 2017.

Richgro Fertilizer Plant

Posted by Ian Thurston on January 10, 2017 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

In August 2016, the owners of the Richgro fertilizer plant at the end of Acourt Road applied to the City of Cockburn for permission to build 3 more large sheds on their property. This was advertised to neighbours and caused some consternation.

From time to time there is an unpleasant odour arising from the plant and some dust from the plant is alleged to drift over neighbours’ houses. These concerns were raised with the City of Cockburn who performed an environmental audit of the operation and identified remedial action to be taken on a dozen matters.

Richgro is performing the remedial action and anticipate that their planning application will be considered by Cockburn Council in February 2017.

Odour from Fertilizer Plant

Posted by Ian Thurston on September 24, 2015 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

There is an occasional odour from the Richgro fertilizer plant in Acourt Road. Apparently, the agency responsible for monitoring odour is the Department of Environmental Regulation. You can report bad smells here.

The more reports there are about bad smells, the more likely somehting will be done about them.

Planting Day

Posted by Erika Antal on August 4, 2014 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (1)

We are organising a Planting Day for next June. See 'Our Bushland' here for more information.