324. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:
The proposed North Stoneville
development—structure plan 34, Shire of Mundaring—includes the
construction of a private wastewater treatment plant, with limited information
provided to date as to the operation, costings and public health and
(1) Will the
minister please provide details of any meetings held between the developer,
Satterley Property Group, and the Department of Water and Environmental
Regulation, as well as the Environmental Protection Authority?
(2) Will the
minister please provide details of any meetings or correspondence between the
minister's office or the minister and Satterley on this matter?
assessments are required for the approval of the structure plan; have these
assessments been completed; and, if so, will the minister please table any
(4) What level of
assessment was undertaken to give advice on this site in the past, and in what
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(1) I am advised that the Department of Water and
Environmental Regulation met with Satterley on 5 March 2019.
(2) There have
been no meetings or correspondence between the Minister for Environment and
Satterley on the North Stoneville development.
(3) The structure plan does not require assessment
or approval under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. Structure plans are
assessed and approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission in
accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes)
Regulations 2015, which fall under the portfolio responsibilities of the
Minister for Planning. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation may
be requested to endorse a local water management strategy at the structure
planning stage in conjunction with the local government and in accordance with
the Better Urban Water Management guidance.
I am advised that the department has
not yet endorsed a local water management strategy for the North Stoneville
development. If a private wastewater treatment plant is required, a works
approval will need to be issued by Department of Water and Environmental
Regulation under part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. The
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has not received a works
approval application for this proposal.
(4) In April 2000, the Environmental Protection
Authority determined that metropolitan region scheme 1019/33 did not
require formal assessment under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. The EPA
provided advice on flora, vegetation, fauna, and surface water quality. In
February 2016, the former Office of the Environmental Protection Authority also
provided correspondence to the Western Australian Planning Commission on the
proposed lifting of urban deferment, noting a wastewater treatment plant will
be required, and provided advice on protecting priority flora.