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Representing rural residents in Banjup, Jandakot, and Treeby


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Treeby Structure Plan and Vision Forum

Posted by Ian Thurston on July 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

On 17 July, Cockburn mailed 1,100 letters to residents of Treeby advising them of an “Information Forum” on 31 July about the Treeby Structure Plan and the Jandakot rural Vision. However, many residents north of Armadale Road will not have received the letter but you can find it here.

Your Committee encourages all members and residents of Treeby and Banjup, especially those north of Armadale Road, including those excluded in Cockburn’s letter, to attend the Information Forum. Banjup residents south of Armadale Road will be affected by the Treeby development, especially its impacts on road traffic around and through Banjup.

You can find more about the Information Forum here . Attend whether you register or not; they are hardly going to turn you away. We need to Cockburn to hear all residents’ views about the future of the rural areas and to get them included in the Vision.

BRG draft submission on Treeby Structure Plan

Posted by Ian Thurston on July 15, 2017 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The City of Cockburn is seeking public comment on its proposed Treeby District Structure Plan (see here)

The BRG Committee has prepared a draft submission (see here) and seeks members' thoughts upon it by 4 August 2017. Please email any comments to [email protected]

Jandakot Rural Residents Could be Squeezed Further

Posted by Ian Thurston on January 21, 2017 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Schaffer Corporation that owns Urban Stone on Jandakot Road by Berrigan Drive is applying to the City of Cockburn to clear 26 hectares of banksia bushland for commercial development. They also want to build connector roads into the Jandakot City commercial park from Jandakot Road and from Pilatus Street, as below:

In July 2015, Jandakot residents voted overwhelmingly to press the WA Planning Commission through its [email protected] framework to rezone to ‘Urban’ the whole north Jandakot and north Banjup area. This would release landowners from the planning blight that is squeezing the rural properties between the airport commercial park and the residential areas of Calleya / Treeby. These are the areas affected:

After 18 months, no response has been published by the WAPC. The BRG had hoped that by mid-January 2017 the WAPC would have seen the merit in our case and rezoned as we had argued, in which case all landowners, including Schaffer, would have an equal opportunity to develop their land.

In the absence of a decision, the BRG made a submission to the City of Cockburn to the effect that either all landowners are permitted to develop their land or none are. You can download our submission here.

The BRG welcomes all residents’ comments on the draft. You can reach us at [email protected]

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.

341 Beenyup Road

Posted by Ian Thurston on January 10, 2017 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (3)

Work on the talking point of Banjup continues. The 2 storey mansion in Chinese ‘Siheyuan’ style - “a courtyard surrounded by buildings on all four sides” is now roofed and dominates the corner of Beenyup and Coffey. The building will measure 50 metres by 40 metres and occupy almost all of its building envelope It will have 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms with 13 toilets, 5 staircases, and 4 lifts.

Work has started on the second lot at the site. It will be a 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom single storey ‘Siheyuan’ style residence. The building will also measure 50 by 40 metres.

The owner of the 3 lots has made applications to build a large single storey residence on the third lot on the site of the old house that will be demolished.

The first application was for a 10 bedroom, 10 bathroom single storey ‘Siheyuan’ style residence, again occupying 50 by 40 metres. The application was rejected by the Department of Water because of concerns about over-loading the groundwater in the immediate area with the outflow from 28 toilets.

The second, December 2016, application is for a building of the same size and design as the first application but some of the bedrooms have been combined into ‘Home Theatre’, ‘Sauna’, ‘Study’, and ‘Granny Flat’. There will be 5 bedrooms and 8 toilets. Whether this development will be approved by Cockburn remains to be seen.

Planning rules require that these residences be for the accommodation of one family each. The definition of a ‘family’ is not clear.

Your Committee remains concerned that these buildings might not be used by single families. It is unclear how the City of Cockburn will ensure compliance with the rules once they are all built and in use.

You can download the BRG's latest submission here.


Traffic Calming on Liddelow Road

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

Heavy trucks of all sorts continue to use Liddelow Road to by-pass the Freeway and its junction with Armadale Road. When the new section of the widened Freeway opens by end December general truck usage of Liddelow Road might reduce but the sand trucks from Wattleup will most likely still find their way through Banjup on their way to Piara.

As part of its traffic calming plans, the City of Cockburn will construct a roundabout at Liddelow and Gibbs beginning in April 2017. Some land acquisition is required and native title concerns to be resolved.

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.

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.