Firm ?no? from council for lime extraction

The City of Albany Council rejected on 25 July an amended plan to incrementally extract lime from 20,000 to 100,000 tonnes per year from the Nullaki Peninsula, near Denmark.

Mayor Dennis Wellington told Quarry ‘council has refused the proposal as it did not comply with the general objectives and values of this conservation zone’.

‘The proposed lime quarry at Lot 9005 Eden Road, Nullaki is located in a conservation zone where any development is intended to be consistent with protection, enhancement and rehabilitation of conservation values,’ Wellington said.

The council noted that the proposal, which drew 69 public objections, did not comply with the objectives of the conservation zone and the relevant local planning schemes of the Planning and Development Regulations 2015, including the amenity of the local area.

Proponent and landowner Graeme Robertson appealed Council’s 2017 decision after the WA State Administrative Tribunal in June 2018 issued an order to the council to consider an amended application.

Revamped proposal

In his amended application, Roberston offered an annual $30,000 royalty to the Nullaki Wilderness Association to support conservation in the area and reduced the planned months of operation and truck movements.

The proponent stated that a small portion of the site – just 8ha of the original 432ha footprint – contained a rehabilitated lime pit that was previously used for limestone extraction during the development of the Nullaki Peninsula for road construction.

He proposed that the pit would have a 20-year life cycle, ceasing operation in 2037, and that its limestone resource would be highly suitable for agricultural use and road base construction.

Robertson stated the proposal was supported, in principle, by the WA Department of Agriculture and Food, acknowledging the short supply of quality lime sources within the region.

Council’s development and infrastructure services committee concluded: ‘While the provision of lime has been identified as a necessary farming resource within the Greater Southern region, the current state of supply does not justify the approval of a lime resource within a zone which is not suitable.

‘The primary consideration leading to the recommended determination is not whether the proposal complies with the Extractive Industry and Mining Policy, rather that the application is considered to be inconsistent with the objectives of and provisions of the CZ1 Zone,’ the committee concluded.

Quarry sought to contact Graeme Robertson but he was not available for further comment.

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