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SITA Australia to continue State Administrative Tribunal

31/08/2015

SITA Australia will resume proceedings before the State Administrative Tribunal following the
latest decision by the Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) not to grant
development approval for the Allawuna Farm Project.

“The JDAP decision is disappointing as SITA remains confident the landfill is a safe, suitable and
appropriate development for the proposed site,” SITA WA State General Manager Stock said.


The JDAP had first considered the project in April last year but requested another review of the
proposal following discussions before the State Administrative Tribunal.


Mr Stock said rigorous planning had gone into the $8 million project including comprehensive
environmental assessments and a new works application to the Department of Environment
Regulation, which included design and operational updates.


“Allawuna Farm was selected as the best option following an extensive review of close to 20
potential sites. It is the most suitable location for the facility with the site off the Swan Coastal
Plain, separation from ground and surface water, large buffer zones between the nearest houses
and its distance from the York township,” he said.


“We have undertaken vigorous environmental assessments of the area including the new works
approval application to DER which reduces the landfill footprint by approximately 31 per cent,
and the total volume of waste the facility receives by approximately 46 per cent.”


“We also reforecast the `life’ of the facility from approximately 37 to about 20 years.”


Located almost 20 kilometres from York at St Ronan’s on the Great Southern Highway, the
proposed project accounts for less than five per cent of the 1516 hectare Allawuna Farm, which
will remain a working farm.


“We will now continue to outline to SAT the environmental robustness and sound planning which
underpins the project,” Mr Stock said.

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