New Esperance waste facility site to be investigated

The Shire of Esperance will investigate a second of three sites to build a new waste management facility after council resolved to authorise the CEO to negotiate a contract.

The shire had previously investigated a site in Dalyup.

Council reviewed the due diligence letter from Talis which resolved the site was not suitable due to two aquifers six metres below the ground.

Shire of Esperance shire president, Victoria Brown said they were hopeful to move forward with the second site.

Cr Brown said she was unable to identify the physical location so as to not jeopardise the contract.

“We’ve done the desk top on that particular area but now what we do is authorise the CEO to negotiate a contract purchase, and then from then on in we start,” Cr Brown said.

Shire of Esperance director external services, Terry Sargent, said the contract would be subject to an environmental assessment and engineering assessment.

“It’s a contract which will allow us access to the site to do more detailed assessment and then if that testing proves to be satisfactory then council will proceed with the sale,” Mr Sargent said.

“To be certain of getting our environmental approval we need to be able to make sure we have access to the site for appropriate testing, monitoring our ground water levels and those sorts of things to make sure we’re not going to cause any environmental problems in the future.”

Mr Sargent said the Dalyup community had concerns that there would be rubbish flying out of people’s trailers on the way to the waste facility.

“Members of the public with their trailers with plastic blowing out the back won’t be allowed anywhere near it,” he said.

“There’ll be a facility in town to drop their rubbish probably at Wylie Bay where the current recycling operation is but that’s not final.”

Mr Sargent said he was not concerned about meeting the deadline to have a new facility ready before Wylie Bay filled up.

“We feel comfortable we’ll meet our time frames, but we certainly don’t have time to spare,” he said.

Cr Brown said moving from the preferred site down the list was an issue.

“Some of those preferred sites have been taken off the market, so some of the ones we looked at initially have actually been removed as a choice,” Cr Brown said.

“The further we go down the list unfortunately the more expensive it’s likely to be because those sites will probably have more constraints.”