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Question Without Notice No. 324 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 April 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 April 2019

NORTH STONEVILLE DEVELOPMENT

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 environmental assurances.

(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?

(3) What assessments are required for the approval of the structure plan; have these assessments been completed; and, if so, will the minister please table any relevant documentation?

(4) What level of assessment was undertaken to give advice on this site in the past, and in what year?

Hon 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.