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Question On Notice No. 2299 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 August 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

(1) When was the Minister made aware of the reported landfill at 1056 Great Northern Highway , Baskerville (in the Swan Valley)?
(2) Why has the Minister refuted the existence of unapproved landfill on 1056 Great Northern Highway , Baskerville, other than that used to form roads and firebreaks, when there appears to be clear evidence of significant landfill occurring over the whole site?
(3) Can the Minister assure the community that the unapproved landfill at 1056 Great Northern Highway does not present an environmental hazard?
(4) What does the Minister intend to do about the existence of unapproved landfill at 1056 Great Northern Highway, Baskerville?
(5) Who does the Minister intend to hold accountable for the existence of unapproved landfill at 1056 Great Northern Highway, Baskerville in the Swan Valley?

Answered on 3 September 2019

(1) On 22 June 2017, my office first received notification of a suspected landfill from Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, Member for West Swan.

(2)-(5) On 26 June 2017 , the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation commenced an investigation into this matter and determined that the works being undertaken to develop the property did not trigger the requirements for licensing of the premises as a landfill or solid waste facility under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. The Department’s investigation found that material being brought onto the property was being used to construct internal roads and firebreaks. There was no evidence indicating that contaminated material had been received on the property and it is not listed as ‘contaminated’ or ‘possibly contaminated’ under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003.