Dandaragan The District That Has It All

Shire of Dandaragan "The district that has it all."

Dandaragan is Diversity. A visit to this Shire is a must for everybody – whether they be old or young, ‘cool’ or old-fashioned, fishermen, ‘boaties’, gentle swimmers and paddlers, surfers, snorkellers, divers, windsurfers, bush walkers, nature lovers or sight-seers. 



Dandaragan is within easy reach of Perth and can be visited in a day. However, longer stays are also recommended, as there is so much to see and do.

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Dandaragan offers the visitor almost everything - ranging from fabulous farming scenery, national parks [native flora and fauna, extensive inland and ocean views], bush walks, unique Australian wildflowers, an emu farm and historical buildings, to aquatic playgrounds for pastimes such as swimming and snorkelling during the summer months, and fantastic all year-round fishing, skin-diving and windsurfing. It has something for everyone and for people of all ages, and the good news is that there is an excellent network of roads for both conventional and 4-wheel drive vehicles.

The weather is temperate, the climate Mediterranean.
The summer months – December, January and February - are hot and maximum temperatures can reach 40? Celsius.
Rainfall in the district ranges from 600 mm in the coastal areas to 350 mm in the inland area in the winter months – June, July and August - when the temperatures drop considerably. 

The very isolation of Australia has led to the development of a unique indigenous flora, and Dandaragan, situated in the Central Midlands Area of Western Australia, has a wonderful array of wildflowers.
The best places to view them are the undeveloped areas where no clearing has been carried out for farming and other purposes.
To this end a number of national parks have been set aside to encourage the preservation of these, the native animals and birds, and the natural beauty of the landscape.

The time of the year when the wildflowers are at their best is between September and October when the temperatures rise with the advent of spring but the soil is still damp from the winter rains.
Please note that it is recommended if venturing into the parks on foot that visitors use insect repellent to avoid the kangaroo ticks which are prevalent. 

Organised wildflower tours are also available from Perth. 
For details/bookings regarding these visit the West Australian Tourist Bureau at the Perth Visitors’ Centre, Forrest Place, Perth or browse their web site at
www.westernaustralia.net
Contact can also be made by phone on 1300 361 351 or by email at
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Places to Visit in the Dandaragan Region.

Regan’s Ford 

Regan’s Ford is a pleasant, shady picnic spot on the bank of the Moore River about 200 metres from the Brand Highway, adjacent to the Regan’s Ford Bridge. It is the site of the an old stone crossing which was constructed in 1876 for Walter Padbury, an early settler who had taken up land further north in the early 1850s. 

Padbury needed an all-weather crossing so that his bullock teams could carry produce from his property, ‘Yathroo’, south to market and return with stores and other needs. Edward Regan who lived on the nearby property, ‘Happy Valley’, built it with the help of a group of local Aborigines.

In spite of the success of this ford there were times when the winter flooding was such that the river was still impassable to smaller traffic, and even after it was bituminised in later years. This was finally rectified in 1959 with the construction of the modern Regan’s Ford Bridge.

Moore River  

This river was named after George Fletcher Moore, Swan River settler, explorer, foundation member of the colony’s Legislative Council in 1832, and later, its Advocate-General. He visited the area in 1836 during an exploratory search for pasture, but pronounced it too far from the Swan River Colony for development at that time.

According to a legend belonging to the Yuat [Aboriginal] tribal group: In the creation time, the earth was flat and featureless. WAKAL, the water serpent rose up from the earth and began his long journey from the north. He came down through Watheroo and Moora, carving out the bed of the river as he went.

On his back he carried fish, water snakes, gilgies, turtles and all the creatures of the river. When WAKAL got to MOGUMBER he turned sharply west, gouging out deep holes which today are the deepest pools in the river, which the Nyungars call ‘MUR’ and the white people call the ‘Moore’.

Cataby

Cataby is a very small township on the Brand Highway about 32 kilometres north of Regan’s Ford and 160 kilometres north of Perth. It was originally known as West Dandaragan. Mineral sands mining began here in 1989. 
It is a convenient refreshment stop. There are two roadhouses – the Ampol Roadhouse, which is open 24 hours a day and the BP Roadhouse, two kilometres further north and adjacent to the Cataby Hotel. Both roadhouses provide a range of facilities [including food items, refreshments, fuel, etc] and picnic areas for visitors. 

The hotel has unit-style accommodation for up to 30 people and meals can be ordered from the roadhouse next door. 
Cataby Ampol Roadhouse: [08] 9651 2024 
BP Roadhouse : [08] 9651 2010 
Cataby Hotel [reservations]: [08] 9651 2012 

Dandaragan Township
Situated 20 kilometres east of Cataby

The name comes from Dandara Spring, which was so named in 1849 by another explorer, Augustus Charles Gregory. It is the regional centre of the district and the seat of the Dandaragan Shire Council. This is an excellent example of a small Western Australian country town and it has several interesting historic buildings which are worthy of a visit.

St Anne’s Church, 
Moora-Caro Road, Dandaragan [south of township]

This charming Anglican church, constructed between 1885 and 1887, was named after May Anne Nairn, mother of Walter Padbury’s wife, Charlotte. There is also an early well-site nearby.

The church has an interesting Gothic arch for its entry and is constructed of local soap stone which came from ‘Kayanaba’, a nearby property. This stone was soft when first quarried, so the blocks could be easily sawn into shape. Hardening occurred after contact with the air.

The building was opened as a church and school in 1888 and used for social gatherings and then, after 1890, for the Dandaragan Road Board meetings. Four extra rooms were added on at the rear circa 1900 to provide suitable accommodation for the teacher. Classes were held there until 1948 when it was condemned for use as a school. A transportable building was subsequently erected and used until a permanent school was constructed in 1952. Open to visitors.

Dandaragan Post and Telegraph Office and Quarters, 
Moora-Caro Road

This very attractive building is also made from local stone and was designed by the famous architect George Temple Pool who was also responsible for some of Perth’s prominent buildings including the Central Railway Station. The Post Office opened for business in 1896 and in 1911 the Dandaragan telephone exchange was installed there. It is no longer open to the public and can only be viewed from the road.

Shire Office and Chambers, Moora-Caro Road, Dandaragan
A much more modern building in the town is the Shire Office and Chambers. The Dandaragan area was part of the Victoria Plains Road Board District from 1871 to 1890 when the Dandaragan Road Board was formed. In 1961 it became a shire under a new Local Government Act of 1961.

This building, an excellent example of the architecture of its day, was opened on 22 June 1961 by the Minister for Local Government, LA Logan.

Old Road Board Secretary’s Residence, Moora-Caro Road, Dandaragan

Built of corrugated iron [and now in use as a sports’ storeroom at the Dandaragan Primary School], this building was the Road Board Secretary’s residence in the 1920s. It was originally situated on the other side of the road and was moved to its present location by the school’s P & C Association in 1959. Access to the public is restricted.

Wolba Cottage or Aggie’s Cottage, ‘Wolba Wolba’, Badgingara Road, Dandaragan

Now owned by the Shire, Aggie’s Cottage is used by local historical and craft groups. This brick, stone and iron cottage was erected around 1871 on land which was originally taken up by Thomas Jones. The surrounding area also became an important campsite during World War II when the army carried out extensive training exercises in the district.

Dandaragan Cemetery, Moora-Caro Road, Dandaragan [north of the township]

This site was laid out for burial purposes in the 1890s and is still in use. The entry gates [and brick pillars] and a number of the early graves are still visible. Many of these graves have iron railings and those headstones which are still legible, make interesting reading for the historically-minded tourist. Open to visitors.

Dandaragan Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dandaragan Road, Dandaragan
This cemetery is situated two kilometres south of the town on the west side of Dandaragan Road. It was set aside for use on 23 July 1860 but the first known burial was not until the 1890s when a group of locals erected a fence and the cemetery was officially opened. The date 26.6.1890 can be seen on one of the old posts. The cemetery was closed after the last burial took place on 10 April 1927. Only four headstones and a few timber crosses remain. It is open to visitors.

Bidgerabbie Estate Vineyard, Rowes Road, Dandarragan
This vineyard, which is run by JAV Brown and Sons, is situated 17 kilometres south-east of the Dandaragan township. This traditional wheat and wool property was taken up by Jack Brown in 1919 and the vines were planted in 1994 by his descendants.
Bidgerabbie Estate Vineyard produces a selection of white wines, Touriga [made from a Spanish-style grape] and a tawney port. Cellar sales are by appointment only. Phone [08] 9651 3027.

Cervantes 
Pinnacles Visitor Centre Shopping Centre – Cadiz Street, Cervantes 
Phone 08 96527700 Fax 08 96527711 
Free Call 1800610660
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Cervantes is a small, picturesque fishing town located on the coast at Thirsty Point, 245 kilometres north of Perth. It boasts one of the most visited icons in Australia the Pinnacles, one of four known Stromatolite sites in Western Australia, good beaches for swimming and other water sports.
The township was named after the whaling ship, Cervantes, which was wrecked on the coast in 1844. The first settlers were crayfishermen, who camped here in the 1960s, and the fishing facilities followed. In 1962, 505 hectares of the Nambung Reserve were allocated for the townsite, which was gazetted the following year.

First Jetty, Cervantes
This is a timber jetty constructed in 1962 and is situated between two newer ones. The dog-leg is a more recent addition. Remains of Army Lookout, Thirsty Point, Cervantes: This was constructed as a military lookout point during World War II in case of a Japanese invasion. All that remains today is some rusting iron and timber. Stunning views from the area.

Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles, Pinnacles Drive, Cervantes
The Nambung National Park, which includes the Pinnacles, is the region’s major natural attraction. 
The park is situated 17 kilometres south-east of Cervantes and 250 kilometres north of Perth and covers an area of 17,487 hectares. It has an extensive list of resident bird life and native fauna. 

Over 190,000 people visit the area annually. A visit to the Pinnacles is a must. Here are statuesque limestone pillars up to three metres high, rising out of the sand like ancient ruins. These most unusual wind-carved edifices were formed in the sand 25,000 to 30,000 years ago after the sea receded and deposits of sea shells remained behind. Over time the elements removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars isolated and open to wind degradation. 

Access to the National Park and to the Pinnacles for conventional-drive vehicles is by road south from Cervantes. The tracks leading north from Lancelin contain patches of deep sand in some sections and are therefore recommended for 4-wheel drive vehicles only. Access to the Pinnacles area itself is by a 100 metre walking trail from the car park. 

A scenic drive is also available for light vehicles but they must remain on the marked track. The Little Painted Desert and an unusual white dune area can also be viewed from the Pinnacles Lookout. These are a pleasurable, entertaining walk of four to five kilometres for the more adventurous but if planning an extended walk of this kind, please advise the ranger. 

Hats, bottled water and sturdy footwear are essential. No camping is allowed in the park but barbecue facilities, toilets, etc. are available. Please note: there is no available drinking water. 
For more information contact the 
Jurien office of CALM on [08] 9652 1911 
or the Ranger Station in Cervantes on [08] 9545 7043. 

Organised tours are available from Cervantes and from Perth. For information on locally organised tours telephone the Shell Service Station at Cervantes on [08] 9652 7041. For tours originating in Perth contact the West Australian Tourist Bureau on 1300 361 351 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stomatolites in Lake Thetis, Cervantes
These are a fascinating natural feature. Situated along a good gravel road ( 2 Wheel Drive ) 2 Kilometres to the south-east on Hansen Bay Road.

It is one of only four known sites where stromatolites can be found in Western Australia. The stromatolites are an important natural feature which ‘grow ‘ around the lakes perimeter. These are the oldest known living organisms on Earth and fossils found in Western Australia. 
The stomatolites are an important natural feature which ‘grow’ around the lake’s perimeter. These are the oldest known living organisms on Earth and fossils found in these examples indicate dates of up to 3,000 million years ago. The lake itself was named after the sailing ship, Thetis, in which Josua Gregory undertook a coastal survey between 1847 and 1848. The vessel was built at the Swan River and, despite being only 14 tons, also carried substantial cargoes between Perth and Singapore in the 1840s.

Hansen Bay Lookout, Cervantes
Only 200 metres past the Lake Thetis turn off on Hansen Bay Road is the stunning view from Hansen Bay Lookout giving an overall view of Hansen Bay, Cervantes Island, Lake Thetis and Cervantes Township.

Thirsty Point Beach & Lookout, Cervantes 
Very popular beach beautiful clear water for swimming, toilets, shade and shelters. Good fishing beach. 

The Four Jetties, Cervantes 
The north and south jetties are very popular for fishing, Cray boats use the jetties in season between November and July.

Hangover Bay Nambung National Park
In the Nambung National Park along the Pinnacles Road. Beautiful Bay for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, has a view of Islands. Picnic area with toilets and Gazebo.

Molar Hill Lookout Cervantes – Jurien Road
Approx 12 kilometres north of Cervantes on the Cervantes Jurien Road 360 degree view of the surrounding country side and ocean. Slight aerial view of Jurien Bay and Cervantes Township, also suitable for disabled access. 

Badgingarra District
Badgingarra is an Aboriginal word. ‘Badgin’ means ‘manna gum’ and ‘garra’ means ‘water’.

Old Badgingarra Townsite, 
Moora-Badgingarra Road, Badgingarra
Look for the remains of some tennis courts which were constructed by residents in the late 1950s. Their surface, which was made from crushed anthills, is still visible as are some of the rough cut timber posts that formed part of the surrounding fence. These, some foundations [Burnetts’ Store], and a few introduced trees are all that remain of the original Badgingarra townsite which was established in 1955. In 1969 the town was moved to its present position, six kilometres east of the Brand Highway.

Phoebe’s Reserve, Moora-Badgingarra Road
This reserve is situated 500 metres north of the road between the original Badgingarra township and the new. It is the site of another World War II army training camp and there is still some evidence of the trenches which were dug by its military inhabitants. It is believed they also constructed a dam in the nearby creek. Accessible to visitors

Badgingarra Township
The current township is situated just east of the Brand Highway, 205 kilometres north of Perth. Refreshments are available at both the roadhouse and the Badgingarra Tavern.

Badgingarra National Park, Brand Highway, Badgingarra
This park consists of a large area of land - 13,121 hectares - which has been set aside for the preservation of many of the species of wildflowers including black kangaroo paws, which are found in this vicinity. It is also home to many reptiles, emus, western grey kangaroos and a variety of bird-life including bustards and wedge tail eagles.

A stimulating two kilometre circular walking trail has been established, commencing at a point on the west side of the Brand Highway close to the Badgingarra Roadhouse. The walk is over rugged terrain and there is a steep hill with a lookout so a reasonable level of health is required. 

The walk takes about 1• hours and a CALM information booklet is available. It is recommended that visitors intending to do the walk leave their cars in the area provided at the roadhouse. Refreshments are also available at the roadhouse and the tavern but camping is not allowed. 
For more information call the Cervantes Ranger Station on [08] 9652 7043.

Waddi Bush Resort, Koonah Road Badgingarra.
Waddi Bush Resort is situated only 3 kilometres east of the Brand Highway then 5 Kilometres south on a good quality gravel road. The Resort has all rammed earth buildings with cabins, 4 chalets, 2 Bedroom house and Caravan Park. The Restaurant is open Thursday to Sunday. The farm also has an airstrip.

Badgingarra Research Station, Winjardie Road, Badgingarra
This was established in 1959 on land taken up first in November 1953 by Herbert Sudholt. It was set up to carry out research into farming the surrounding sand plain country and to assist local farmers with development. Access to visitors restricted.

Lang Lookout, Dinner Hill, Watheroo West Road, Badgingarra.
This elevated site has extensive long distance vistas of the surrounding countryside. 

The viewing area is marked out and a large rock commemorates local farmer George Elliot Lang, who was responsible for the introduction of modern-day farming techniques in the area. Lang was also deeply committed to the preservation of the local wildflowers and frequently joined the West Australian Government Railways [WAGR] seasonal bus tours, sharing his knowledge of these and the local area. His own garden, planted with enchanting examples of the different specimens, was also a frequent stop for these tours. 

This area is open to all visitors and recommended for viewing the beautiful Badgingarra countryside with its red earth and green rolling pastures.

Old Cattle Yards, near Hill River, Cantabelling Road, Badgingarra.
Just a few timber posts remain of these yards which were build by Alfred Burnett in 1946 for the Dandaragan Road Board. Used by drovers taking cattle through from stations in this area to the railway at Moora. This site was chosen because of the availability of water in a nearby soak. Accessible to visitors but 4-wheel drive only.

Jurien District:

Jurien
Situated 266 kilometres north of Perth, it is the largest of Dandaragan’s coastal settlements. The bay was named in 1801 by French naval explorer Nicholas Baudin in honour of Charles Jurien, an administrator in the French Navy. Boatsheds and fisherman’s shacks were erected on the beach here when the rock lobster export market began to develop in the 1950s. 
Holiday-makers, particularly boat owners, were then attracted by the jetties, boat ramps, fuel etc. and began building accommodation for themselves. The first beach house is believed to have been constructed here in 1951. 

Jurien Bay is a wonderful water playground. Ideal for short visits or longer, more relaxing summer holidays.

The bay is protected by the islands and reefs which lie just a few kilometres from the shoreline, thus providing sheltered water for a multitude of recreational aquatic activities. 

There is safe swimming in the tranquil area created within the inland harbour, or more excitement in the surf at the other beaches in the bay. All have pristine white sands and enticing clear waters. Ideal for a cool and relaxing swim during the hot summer months. It is also an excellent area for windsurfing and skin diving, and for recreational fishing and crabbing. 

The fishing is good everywhere - from the beaches, the two old factory jetties [which are now open to the public], the limestone groynes or from private boats.

Facilities are provided for the boating public in the form of ramps, jetty and fuelling facilities. Pens are also available for hire and arrangements regarding the use of these can be made with the Port Officer. The bay also provides a safe haven for the large number of rock lobster [crayfishing] boats which are based there in the fishing season. Catches are processed at the Fremantle Fisherman’s Co-op in Jurien which is open to visitors, but only by appointment. Growth in the crayfishing industry saw the establishment of this permanent factory and processing plant and the construction of a jetty in the 1960s. Further advancement occurred in 1988 with the opening of the Jurien Marina. This new marina, which cost $8 million to build, provided the professional fishing community with 72 new commercial pens. 

Rock lobsters are now highly sought after for dinner tables around the world – and particularly in countries such as Japan and the USA where very high prices are charged for such delicacies. The industry earns the region – and Western Australia – millions of dollars in export revenue each year.

Sea lions 
Jurien , Cervantes 
Sea Lions are a major attraction in the Jurien Bay Marine Park, they have fluctuating large colonies, on the islands off Jurien Bay, mainly cows and juveniles. Cows are very protective of there young pups during breeding season and Sea Lions can be dangerous out of the water where they feel threatened and insecure. However these fun loving, creatures in the water love showing off in front of the camera. Bookings and further information contact Pinnacles Visitor Centre.

Walter Padbury’s Jetty
This was built by Walter Padbury in 1885 to load stock, wool and kangaroo hides for shipment to Fremantle and overseas. It was subsequently destroyed by fire and the remains covered by sand. It was rediscovered in the 1970s and its location marked by a large rock and a plaque.

Wreck Site
There are many known wreck sites in the reef-infested waters along Dandaragan’s coastline. The remains of one which can still be seen in Jurien Bay is the SS Lubra. This steamship hit a reef south of Dongara on 3 January 1898. She was subsequently patched up and floated off, but the repairs were not successful in the long run. She eventually sank about three kilometres off Island Point in Jurien Bay and her boiler can still be seen sticking up out of the water in the area between Osprey Island and Favourite Island.

Cacker Ally, Bluewater Drive, Jurien
This was the site of a group of fishermen’s shacks in the 1960s. It was so named because of the high numbers of ‘cackers’ – local slang for the illegal, undersized crayfish - which were regularly landed here.

Jurien Cemetery and Tuart Trees, Memorial Drive, Jurien
These splendid trees are believed to be the most northerly stand of tuarts in WA. The site is also located adjacent to the old North-South Stock Route – the line used for driving stock [sheep, horses, cattle and even camels] between Champion Bay [Geraldton] and the Swan River Colony, as the original settlement at Perth was first known.

North-South Stock Route 
This was originally gazetted in 1862 and such were the numbers of stock being moved along it by the 1890s that it was then gazetted as a half-mile wide swathe through the bush and a number of reserves were set aside as overnight stopping areas. These were usually places where water was plentiful but wells were sunk where necessary.
Its use declined considerably with the opening of the Midland Railway as far as Moora in 1893. Overnight stopping and watering places in the Dandaragan Shire include the Drovers’ Cave National Park, The Diamond of the Desert and Three Mile Swamp.

Drovers’ Cave National Park, Jurien Bay Road, Jurien
Located approximately six kilometres east of Jurien, this national park is 2,681 hectares in area. It provides good examples of banksia and bottle bush but bush walks should be restricted to fire-breaks only as the under story is very thick.
This was an overnight stopping place along the stock route which provided good fresh water and a sheltered camping spot for the drovers.
The cave itself, which is administered by CALM, is kept locked and access is limited. The same applies to the numerous other caves in the area.
The reasons for this are to ensure public safety and to prevent further acts of vandalism.

The Diamond of the Desert, off Cockleshell Gully Road
Another stopping place on the northern stock route, again because of the presence of fresh water. Although the site is accessible, sand now covers the spring, which was named after a place in one of Sir Walter Scott’s novels.

Three Mile Swamp
This was another overnight stop on the stock route. It was situated adjacent to a portion of the Shire’s southern border and Mimegarra Road, just north of Nine Mile Swamp where the stock route split into summer and winter tracks.

Remains of Radar Installation, North Head, Jurien
These interesting concrete remains consist of the original foundations, two relatively intact shelters [which housed the electric motors], and an underground tank.
The station was set up in the early 1940s by the Royal Australian Air Force [RAAF] to detect the presence of any Japanese invaders along this very vulnerable strip of coastline.

RM Bartle Memorial, North Head
A granite cairn and a plaque located at North Head, 14 kilometres north of Jurien. It was erected in memory of Robert Murray Bartle who was killed by a shark while skin-diving in the area. Accessible to 4-wheel drive vehicles only.

Lesueur National Park, Cockleshell Gully Road, Jurien
This park which was proclaimed in 1992, is 23 kilometres north east of Jurien Bay with a 18 kilometre bitumen loop laid in February 2005. The park is one of the most important areas of wildflower conservation in the state and has an abundance of these and of wildlife. 

Mount Lesueur, the large flat-topped hill which dominates the area, was named after French artist Charles Lesueur who also took part in Baudin’s expedition. This is highest point in the Gairdner Range and the lookout has magnificent views of the coastline reaching as far north as Green Head. 

Because of its height it has been used as a navigational aid since European settlement began. It was also used as a marker for the northern border of the Dandaragan Road Board when it was formed in 1890. Other recommended drives where natural bushland and wildflowers can be viewed from conventional drive vehicles, and at a leisurely pace, are along the Munbinea, Jurien East, Cantabilling, and Blackarrow Roads.

Sandy Point
Enjoyable and intriguing beach front camping site between Jurien Bay and Green Head. Superb swimming, snorkeling and beach fishing. This was probably the earliest summer camping spot for farming families from 
Dandaragan and places further afield in the Moora, Victoria Plains and Gingin Shires. They did not purchase the land, they just squatted on it. Later on, around the 1920’s they erected makeshift shacks.

Go for it. 
Visit Dandaragan on your next holiday – be it just a day trip to the Pinnacles and the wildflowers [it is within easy reach of Perth], or a weekend - or better still, make it a longer stay. 
You will not be disappointed!

 

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Redgum Village Function Centre

The Girls hard at work for the recent Dandaragan Bowling Club Dinner and presentation.
Great night by all, some awesome compliments from the President of the Bowling Club.
Much appreciated and makes running these functions all the more worthwhile.

A wedding party in last weekend, Bowling Function last night, Western Power group of 45 in next week to upgrade Dandaragan Power and a mine shut crew of 50 mid May.

Never boring around Dandaragan's Redgum Village over this 4 week period. Bring it on,

We love it and so do our guests, apparantly :)

Local Dandaragan ladies lending a hand in the kitchen plus Gaylene's sister and our niece from Perth. Many helpers certainly made the night a breeze and very successful.

 

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Redgum Village at Easter

 

Easter just around the corner, and yes in Dandaragan too and this year all the Redgum Village guests are taking the few days off.
This means the Redgum staff get to kick back and take a break from this past few weeks of being very busy.
With quite a mixture of guests in from the Potash group to the power line guys, a telecom dude, a road crew, mikes team and a couple other individuals with the local school and water authority. 

Sounds like a normal Redgum Village booking list.

Had a group for Easter cancel and as its turned out, not such a bad thing as we need to catch up on a few chores and chill for a day or two.

Dandaragan Carpark at easter

This is a common site in the car park these days, great bunch of guys and glad we can help them out. All sub contracted to Western Power.

Have a great Easter and catch you back on Tuesday :)

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Dandaragan Evening View from Redgum

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Dandaragan Skyline From Redgum

The Dandaragan Skyline sky-show, what a crazy night in Dandaragan and Moora tonight

 

 Dandaragan skyline

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AAA Eggs

PROPOSED FREE RANGE POULTRY FARM AAA Eggs

 
PROPOSED FREE RANGE POULTRY FARM LOT 4 MIMEGARRA ROAD CATABY
 
Applicant: AAA Egg Co Pty Ltd & Springton Nominees
File Ref: Development Services Apps / Development
Applications / 2014 / 38
Date: 15 August 2014
 
AAA Eggs
 
PROPOSAL
The proponent is seeking planning approval for a free range poultry farm located on Lot 4 Mimegarra Road, Cataby. The application is required to be determined by the Regional Development Assessments Panel (Wheatbelt JDAP).
 
BACKGROUND
The subject development is to be located on portion (approx. 400 acres) of lot 4 Mimegarra Road (approx. 741 Ha) owned by Springton Nomimees. The proposed site for the Poultry Farm is in the north east corner of the lot adjoining Mimegarra Road. Land to the north and west of the subject lot is unallocated crown land, The land to the south and east is general rural use with a small scale poultry abattoir proposed at Lot 5 Mimegarra and existing carrot farms to the south west.
The proposal consists of:
·         15 egg laying sheds approximately 128m x 17m and height of 5m
·         3 pullet rearing sheds approximately 18m x 13m
·         2 silos approximately 8m high.
·         2 managers residences
·         Workers accommodation and recreational facilities
·         Coolroom / workshop
The maximum number of laying hens on site will be 300,000.
The objective for ‘Rural’ zoned land in Local planning Scheme no.7 is
 
Rural Zone
To provide for a range of rural activities such as broadacre and diversified farming so as to retain the rural character and amenity of the locality, in such a way as to prevent land degradation and further loss of biodiversity.
A free range poultry farm fits under the land use “animal husbandry – intensive” Under the Scheme this is defined as:
“animal husbandry - intensive” means premises used for keeping, rearing or fattening of pigs, poultry (for either egg or meat production), rabbits (for either meat or fur production) and other livestock in feedlots.
Agriculture Intensive, Agroforestry, and Animal Husbandry -Intensive are “D” uses (discretionary approval) in a Public Drinking Water Supply Areaa where Council will have due regard to the potential impact on groundwater quality.
 
5.22 PROTECTION OF WATER SOURCES
5.22.1 Public Drinking Water Source Reserves
Public Drinking Water Reserves are located close to existing townsites and are covered by Water Source Protection Plans prepared by the Water and Rivers Commission (now Department of Environment and Conservation - DEC). Guidelines are available from DEC which establish whether a proposed use is compatible, incompatible or could be approved with conditions to protect water quality and supply.
In considering any development within a Public Drinking Water Source Area (PDWSA) Council will have due regard for the potential impact on water supplies and the compatibility of the proposed use. Any development in conflict with the DEC guidelines must be a referred to DEC for comment to ensure water quality protection of the public drinking water reserves.
 
5.22.2 Groundwater Areas
Groundwater protection areas have been established by the Water and Rivers Commission (now DEC) known as the Jurien Groundwater Area and Gingin Groundwater Area. Landowners and developers are required to obtain a licence prior to the construction of a bore or well on any property for groundwater extraction except for stock or domestic purposes. The proposed poultry farm is located in the Bassendean soil precinct.
The Department of Regulation, Department of Parks and Wildlife (both the previous DEC) and Department of Water have been consulted on this application. The Department of Water have provided initial comment, and are presently working on providing additional more detailed comment.
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Iluka Resources Road Closure

Iluka Resources Proposed Temporary Closure

 Of Portion Of Caro Road For Mining Purposes

 

Location: Caro Road, Cataby

Applicant: Iluka Resources

Folder Path: Business Classification Scheme / Roads / Road Closures / Temporary

Disclosure of Interest: None

Date: 11 March 2015

Senior Officer:  Manager Planning

Iluka Resources Cataby

 

PROPOSAL

The purpose of this report is for Council to consider submissions to the proposed temporary road closure of Caro road and order the closure of portion of Caro Road, Cataby for a period no greater than 10 years.

 

BACKGROUND

At its Ordinary Meeting of Council held 28 August 2014 Council considered an application by Iluka Resources to mine through a portion of Caro Road, Cataby. Council resolved the following:

That Council commence public notice in accordance with the Local government Act 1995 to close portion of Caro Road, Cataby for the purposes of mining commencing from April 2015 for a period of 10 years.

Following the above process, the proposal was advertised in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995 and a Schedule of Submissions was prepared (attached). Several submissions were received by government agencies and one submission from a neighbouring property.

 

COMMENT

A copy of the Schedule of Submissions was sent to the applicant for comment. In response Iluka have advised their application requires further clarification as follows:

“In our application we state that: Iluka commits to the restoration of the road and re-instatement of all services (power, communications etc) back to pre-disturbance condition,…

This statement should more precisely read: Iluka commits to the restoration of the road and re-instatement of all services (power, communications etc) back to pre-disturbance condition or alternate permanent re-routing of services to the satisfaction of the service utility,…

This has come about as we will be entering contracts with Telstra and Western Power to permanently re-route services such that all customers requiring services during and directly after mining will not be affected.”

 

Although there was no objection to the proposed temporary road closure several issues were identified through the consultation period. These relate to the impact on existing infrastructure and services in the area and access for various stakeholders.

 

Telstra have commented that the existing Telstra Infrastructure in the existing road reserve will have to be relocated to the new road reserve at the cost of the applicant. The applicant is currently in discussion with Telstra in regards to servicing the lot and any order to close the road would be dependent on the applicant meeting the requirements of Telstra.

 

Western Power has advised transmission lines and overhead and underground distribution assets are contained within the area and hence work in the area would need to comply with the necessary safety regulation and/or require a permit. The applicant is currently in discussion with Western Power for the re-direction of overhead power lines and the order for the road closure is subject to the applicant fulfilling the requirements of Western Power.

 

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will still require access to the area. This has been communicated to the applicant and be part of requirements of the order.

APA group has an underground gas pipeline in the vicinity of the proposed work. The applicant will need to liaise with APA group to arrange alternative access to the pipeline and the requirements for working in the vicinity of the gas pipeline.

 

There is only one affected neighbouring property and alternative access arrangements have already been organised between the landowner and Iluka.

On completion of mining activities the road reserve will need to be restored. The Executive Manager of Infrastructure has advised the minimum requirement would be restoration to a Type 4 gravel road with the following specifications:

 

·       Pavement width 9m

·       Gravel thickness 300mm

·       Table drains

·       Culverts at water courses with head walls and minimum diameter of 375mm (locations to be confirmed with Shire prior to reinstatement)

·       Guide posts and signage as directed by the Shire

·       Property access crossovers

·       Fencing

·       Vegetation rehabilitation

Council is requested to order the road closure subject to Iluka Resources meeting the above stakeholder requirements.

 

CONSULTATION

·       Neighbouring property owners

·       Department of Parks and Wildlife

·       Department of Regional Development

·       Department of lands

·       Fire and Emergency Services Authority

·       Main Roads

·       Telstra

·       Water Corporation

·       Western Australian Planning Commission

·       Western Power

·       Department of Mines and Petroleum

·       ATCO Gas

·       St John of God Ambulance Service – Dandaragan Branch

·       APA Group

·       Executive Manager of Infrastructure Shire of Dandaragan

 

The proposal was advertised in the Central Midlands and Coastal Advocate and the Shire website for a period of 4 weeks from 23rd October and closed on the 21st November 2014. A copy of the proposal was available for public viewing at the Jurien Bay Administration Centre during this period.

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

Local Government Act 1995 Subdivision 5 — Certain provisions about thoroughfares 3.50. Closing certain thoroughfares to vehicles

(1a) A local government may, by local public notice, order that a thoroughfare that it manages is wholly or partially closed to the passage of vehicles for a period exceeding 4 weeks.

(2) The order may limit the closure to vehicles of any class, to particular times, or to such other case or class of case as may be specified in the order and may contain exceptions.

(3) deleted

(4) Before it makes an order wholly or partially closing a thoroughfare to the passage of vehicles for a period exceeding 4 weeks or continuing the closure of a thoroughfare, the local government is to — 

     (a) give local public notice of the proposed order giving details of the proposal, including the location of the thoroughfare and where, when, and why it would be closed, and inviting submissions from any person who wishes to make a submission;

     (b) give written notice to each person who —

           (i) is prescribed for the purposes of this section; or

           (ii) owns land that is prescribed for the purposes of this section; and

      (c) allow a reasonable time for submissions to be made and consider any submissions made.

 (5) The local government is to send to the Commissioner of

Main Roads appointed under the Main Roads Act 1930 a copy of the contents of the notice required by subsection (4)(a).

(6) An order under this section has effect according to its terms, but may be revoked by the local government, or by the Minister, by order of which local public notice is given.

 

POLICY IMPLICATIONS

There are no policy implications relevant to this item.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications relevant to this item.

 

STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS

The Department of Mines and Petroleum has identified this area as a ‘strategic mineral resource protection area’ for titanium-zircon mineralization.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Circulated with the agenda is the following item relevant to this report:

·       Schedule of Submissions (Doc Id: 48388)

·       Proposal for temporary road closure of portion of Caro Road, Cataby – Iluka Resources (Doc Id: 39567)

·       Mapping from Iluka Resources (Doc Id: 39568 & 39569) (Marked 9.4.2)

 

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple majority

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

That Council order the temporary closure of portion of Caro Road, Cataby for the purposes of mining commencing from April 2015 for a period of 10 years or the cessation of mining activities whichever occurs sooner subject to:

1. In pursuance of Section 3.50 of the Local Government Act 1995 the CEO forward a copy of the local public notice to the Commissioner of Main Roads;

2. The applicant arrange alternative access with Fire and Emergency Services;

3. The applicant complies with the requirements of Telstra;

4. The applicant complies with the requirements of Western Power;

5. The applicant liaises with APA group in regards to working in the vicinity of an underground gas pipeline and access arrangements; and

 

6. On cessation of mining activity within the road reserve, the road is to be restored to the satisfaction of the CEO and at the cost of the applicant.

Comments ()

Warro Gas Project

Latent Petroleum, Location 10323 Coalara Road,

 

Badgingarra – Proposed Temporary Camps

Location: Location 10323 Coalara Road, Badgingarra

Applicant: Latent Petroleum

File Path: Development Services App / Development

Application / 2011 /10

Disclosure of Interest: None

Date: 16 March 2015

Senior Officer:

warro gas olcoa badgingarra

 

PROPOSAL

To consider an application for the issue of a temporary planning approval for temporary main and supplementary rig camps at Location 10323 Coalara Road, Badgingarra for the period 1 April 2015 to 30 June 2016.

 

BACKGROUND

The Warro Field is located approximately 42km from the Brand Hwy adjoining the Watheroo National Park to the east and the Marchagee Track to the north. It has been explored since 1977 with four wells drilled, the latest being Warro‐04 in 2011. The Warro Gas Field is within Retention Leases (R)6 and 7.

An agreement and lease is in place with one of the two landowners to engage in the ongoing exploration for gas on his property and install the drilling rig and camp/s.

Latent Petroleum was granted approval for a temporary mining camp at Loc 10323 by Council on 17 February 2011 for the period 21 February 2011 to 21 November 2011 to carry out well testing operations for gas extraction from the Warro Gas Field on the subject allotment over a nine month period.

An extension of time (6 months) was granted by Council on 27 October 2011 for a new expiry date of 21 May 2012.

The above approvals have now expired.

A condition of approval was that all infrastructure and temporary buildings be removed by the expiry date. The applicant was questioned about the non removal of the camp, they advised that the campsite has been mothballed and was non operational after the expiry date.

Latent petroleum have submitted a new application for the temporary main camp and for a temporary supplementary mobile rig camp at two different locations on the same property for the purpose of extended testing to be carried out.

The temporary period of time sought for the proposal is from 1 April 2015 to 30 June 2016

 

The Programme

The Warro‐05 and Warro‐06 wells are a follow up to the Warro‐03 and Warro‐04 wells drill in 2008 and 2011 respectively when a similar application was lodged and grated for a camp supplied by the same contractor, Bonnie Rock Transport (“BRT”). The original application expired in late 2010 and the second application expired in 2012. The proposed camp will support the rig drilling the new wells.

Drilling operations are anticipated to commence in June 2015, however it is possible that the rig and camp may be mobilised to location a month either side of this date dependent on the rig work schedule.

Details of the proposals are provided in the attachments.

 

COMMENT

The applicant has applied for renewal of a special Building License previously granted. With the advent of the new Building Act, special building licenses no longer exist and therefore cannot be renewed. Therefore the applicant is required to obtain development approval and seek any standard building permits required under the Building Act and Regulations.

Temporary mining camps are a use not listed in the Zoning Table (Table 1) of Local Planning Scheme No.7. Section 4.4.2 of the scheme reads:

‘If a person proposes to carry out on land any use that is not specifically mentioned in the Zoning Table and cannot reasonably be determined as falling within the type, class or genus of activity of any other use category the local government may:

(a) Determine that the use is consistent with the objectives of the particular zone and is therefore permitted;

(b) Determine that the use may be consistent with the objectives of the particular zone and thereafter follow the advertising procedures of clause 9.4 in considering an application for planning approval; or

(c) Determine that the use is not consistent with the objectives of the particular zone and is therefore not permitted.’

The Shire has previously granted approvals for such camps on the subject allotment and has determined that the use is consistent with the objectives of the particular zone and is therefore permitted.

 

CONSULTATION

·       Applicant

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

Local Planning Scheme No.7

 

POLICY IMPLICATIONS

There are no policy implications relevant to this item.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications relevant to this item.

 

STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS

There are no strategic implications relevant to this item.

 

ATTACHMENTS.

Circulated with the agenda are the following items relevant to this report:

·       Location Plan (Doc Id: 47993)

·       Development Plans (Doc Id: 47995 & 47996) (Marked 9.4.4)

 

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple majority

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

That Council grant planning approval for the establishment of a temporary main camp and supplementary temporary mobile rig camp (two locations) on Location 10323 Coalara Road Badgingarra for the period 1 April 2015 until 30 June 2016 subject to the following conditions:

1. The land use and development shall be undertaken in accordance with the approved and stamped plans;

2. That a building permit is required prior to the commencement of any development onsite;

3. That the proposed onsite effluent disposal system is approved by the WA Department of Health prior to installation onsite; and

 

4. That all improvements / temporary buildings be removed from Location 10323 Coalara Road by the 31 July 2016.

 

Comments ()

Free Range Poultry Farm

Proposed Free Range Poultry Farm Alteration

 
Proposed Free Range Poultry Farm Alteration
 
Munbinea Road Hill River
 
Location: Lot 25 Munbinea Road
Applicant: AAA Egg Co Pty Ltd
File Ref: Development Services Apps / Development Applications / 2014 / 79
Disclosure of Interest: None
Date: 19 January 2015
Author:Manager Planning
Senior Officer
Signature of Senior Officer:
free range poultry farm dandaragan
 
PROPOSAL
The proponent is seeking planning approval for a free range poultry farm located on Lot 25 Munbinea Road, Hill River.
 
BACKGROUND
The applicant originally applied for a Free Range Poultry Farm at Lot 4 Mimegarra Road. It was found that this site was potentially subject to inundation and for this reason the application was not proceeded with through the JDAP. This new proposal at Munbinea Road is for a lesser sized development, as such it is not a mandatory JDAP application and can be determined by the Council.
A presentation on the proposal was presented to Councillors at the Council Forum held on 27 November 2014 by Mr Peter Bell from AAA Eggs.
Councillors and Staff visited an operational AAA Free Range Poultry Farm at Muchea on 5 December 2014. Staff met onsite with the Department of Water to discuss issues on the 14 January 2015.
Council met with Dr David Cook, Forensic Entomologist, University of Western Australia at the Council Forum held on 22 January 2015 to discuss the risk of stable fly from the proposed new poultry farm. Dr Cook advised that the risk of stable fly breeding at the property is low if good management and monitoring is in place.
The property comprises of approximately 657 acres or 265.8 hectares and is situated on the corner of Munbinea Road (1,614 metre frontage) and Eragilga Road (1,461 metre frontage). The property runs north from Eragilga Road along Munbinea Road, to west with north facing slope gently falling towards the northern boundary.
The site has been largely cleared of the original vegetation and there is an area of pine plantation in the northwest corner, which also houses the only buildings, a shearing shed, toilet block and utility shed. The slopes on the property range from two to sixteen percent. The land slopes downwards from Munbinea road to the east and then uphill to the East, with the lowest point being approximately 250 metres East of Munbinea Rd. The land also slopes gently to the North, and is part of the Hill River catchment.
 
The proposal consists of:
·       8 egg laying sheds approximately 132m x 19.7m and height of 5m
·       2 pullet rearing sheds approximately 75m x 12m
·       8 silos approximately 8m high
·       Managers residence
·       Office, Four Donga Workers accommodation and recreational facilities
·       Coolroom/workshop
The objective for ‘Rural’ zoned land in Local Planning Scheme No.7 is:
 
Rural Zone
To provide for a range of rural activities such as broadacre and diversified farming so as to retain the rural character and amenity of the locality, in such a way as to prevent land degradation and further loss of biodiversity.
A free range poultry farm fits under the land use “animal husbandry – intensive” Under the Scheme this is defined as; “animal husbandry - intensive” means premises used for keeping, rearing or fattening of pigs, poultry (for either egg or meat production), rabbits (for either meat or fur production) and other livestock in feedlots.
Agriculture Intensive, Agroforestry, and Animal HusbandryIntensive are “D” uses (discretionary approval) in a Public Drinking Water Supply Area where Council will have due regard to the potential impact on groundwater quality. The proposed development is not within a public drinking water source reserve.
 
5.22 PROTECTION OF WATER SOURCES
5.22.2 Groundwater Areas
Groundwater protection areas have been established by the Water and Rivers Commission (now DEC) known as the Jurien Groundwater Area and Gingin Groundwater Area.
Landowners and developers are required to obtain a licence prior to the construction of a bore or well on any property for groundwater extraction except for stock or domestic purposes.
The Department of Regulation, Department of Parks and Wildlife (both the previous DEC) and Department of Water have been consulted on this application. The Department of Water have provided detailed information as well as discussions with Shire staff onsite as detailed in the attached schedule of submissions.
This resulted in an amendment to the siting of the proposal within the subject property.
 
COMMENT
The Shire and WAPC have adopted the Local Planning Strategy – Rural Land Use and Settlement 2012 (the Rural Strategy) which provides guidance to Council in assessing this type of application.
The following considerations are taken directly from the Rural Strategy and comments provided on each consideration.
Local Planning Strategy – Rural Land Use and Settlement
 
Appendix 2 intensive agriculture planning considerations when assessing a planning application for intensive agriculture
 
When Council is considering an application for either Agriculture – Intensive, Agroforestry, Animal Husbandry Intensive and Aquaculture it will take into account the following matters.
 
Strategic Considerations
Council will assess the potential impact of the Application and subsequent development to ensure:
Services and infrastructure are adequate, including the road to be used to transport produce and to access the property, power, water and other requirements or can be adequately upgraded which would be the responsibility of the applicant.
 
Comment:
Munbinea Road is a sealed road and provides good access to the site. Western Power have been consulted and advised that there is sufficient power available to the site.
There is no wider potential for land use conflict from things such as spray drift or smoke between existing and proposed use.
 
Comment:
There will be no impact.
It will have no adverse impact on catchment management and ground and surface water.


 
Comment:
The Department of Water have assessed the proposal and met onsite with the proponent. Details of their requirements are in the attached submissions.
It will not sterilise land with potential for urban expansion or other long term land needs.
 
Comment:
There is unlikely to be any urban expansion in the vicinity.
 
Local Considerations
Council will assess proposals for intensive agriculture on the ability of the subject land to accommodate the proposed use, and with due consideration of the risk of off-site environmental impacts and conflict with neighbouring land uses. Factors to be addressed by the proponent and subsequently considered by Council include: the nature and capability of the land;
 
Comment:
Advice from the Department of Water is: 
As shown in Figure 7 of the proponents Land Capability Assessment (Bioscience 2014) there is a drainage channel area from the western boundary in a north-westerly direction to the northern Boundary of Lot 25. This drainage channel area is likely to carry surface flow during storm events, mostly as sheet flow. It cannot be assumed that surface flow in this location will be of no consequence. The topography poses the risks of inundation, damage to the sheds and other infrastructure, and degradation of water quality. The current proposed location of the sheds is therefore not supported by the DoW.
It is suggested that the central portion of the lot is a more suitable location for the sheds, with the layout in a north-to-south orientation. It is recommended that a site visit occur with the proponent, and officers from the Department of Water and the Shire of Dandaragan, to determine an appropriate setback from the drainage channel area and the low-lying land in the western portion of Lot 25.
Following a site meeting with Council staff and the Dept of Water, the applicant has submitted an amended plan showing the proposed sheds in the central portion of the property. The amended plan was supported by the Dept of Water.
Availability and adequacy of water supply:
 
Comment:
The applicant has advised that:
Initial advice from the Department of Water is that there will be sufficient quality and quantity of bore water to service the industry.
Sensitivity of adjacent land uses:
 
Comment:
There are no sensitive adjoining land uses. However in late December 2014 the neighbour submitted a building licence application for a dwelling in proximity to the poultry farm. At this stage a building licence fee has not been paid and as such it is not formally recognised as a bona fide application. The applicant is aware of the proposed poultry farm and may be awaiting the outcome of the planning application.
Remnant vegetation and wetland protection requirements:
 
Comment:
The proposed site has been cleared.
Crop rotation and/or specific land management requirements:
 
Comment:
The applicant has advised that they will crop rotate the remainder of the site and that they will plant screening vegetation that will assist in reducing any nutrient flows to the Hill River area.
Any particular infrastructure layout or transport access requirements:
 
Comment:
There is a current Western Power easement and power lines that traverse the property. The applicant has been made aware of Western Power requirements.
The requirement for permission to use ground and surface water:
 
Comment:
The applicant is liaising with the Department of Water to satisfy this requirement.
 Demonstrate the existing pre-development hydrological regime will be maintained or enhanced where possible:
 
Comment:
According to the Department of Environmental Protection the property is not on the 100 year flood plain.
The separation distances and/or buffers with the adjacent uses which are potentially incompatible can be contained on the subject land rather than being a constraint on adjacent land:
 
Comment:
There are no existing dwellings within 1000 m of the site.
Table 7 – From the Shire’s Local Rural Planning Strategy:
DEC recommended buffer distances between Rural Industries and Residential areas and State Planning Policy 4.3.
- Poultry industry 500 metres
The Department of Food and Agriculture (DAFWA) have advised that there is a required minimum distance of 1000m required between any other poultry farm sheds. Nil
The proposed development will also be able to comply with the 1000m setback requirement from any sensitive land use stipulated under the EPA Guidance Statement No. 3 – Guidance for the Assessment of Environmental Factors – Separation Distances between Industrial and Sensitive Land Uses for poultry farms.
The application complies with both the local Rural Strategy as well as State Policy for buffer distances from residences and other poultry farms.
The development impacts can be managed on site:
 
Comment:
The applicant has advised that:
We will be retaining as much of the existing vegetation as possible and each shed will have a shelter belt of native trees and grass planted on the sides of the sheds
The development should not significantly detract from any scenic landscape and/or conservation attributes identified in the locality:
 
Comment:
The land use will have no adverse impact on the safety, health and amenity of residents in existing dwellings and it will not sterilize land with potential for urban expansion or other long term land needs such as mining; and Given the separation distances from existing dwellings and the very unlikely development of urban land within 500m of the proposal, there is no adverse impacts on nearby residents. The only potential issue may be stable fly, however the applicant has provided a management plan that deals adequately with this issue.
Other matters which may be required to be addressed if requested by Council.
 
Comment:
The Department of Water has advised:
In addition, the proposed use of manure to fertilise pasture on Lot 25 will need to be carefully regulated to ensure a low risk of nutrients contaminating groundwater and surface flow. Manure application rates should be based on site-specific conditions, such as the soil PRI (Phosphorus Retention Index), and the crop requirements. In addition, the irrigation of pasture with nutrientrich wastewater in this location is not supported by the DoW, given the location within the Hill River Catchment.
The Department have also provided suggested conditions of approval which have been included in the officer recommendation.
It is the Officer’s view that if the site is well managed, there will be minimal impact to neighbouring properties and the environment and is therefore supported with conditions.
 
CONSULTATION
·       Department of Planning
·        Environmental Protection Authority
·       Department of Agriculture and Food (Geraldton)
·       Department of Environment Regulation
·       Department of Parks and Wildlife (Jurien Bay and Geraldton)
·       Department of Regional Development
·       Department of Lands
·       Department of Health
·       Department of Water (Perth and Geraldton)
·       Department of Fire and Emergency Services
·       Water Corporation
·       Western Power
·       Surrounding land owners
·       Shire officers
 
STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT
·       Local Planning Scheme No 7.
·       Local Planning Strategy – Rural Land Use and Rural Settlement.
 
POLICY IMPLICATIONS
·       SPP 2.5 Land Use Planning in Rural Areas.
·       SPP 4.3 – Poultry Farms.
·       Environmental Code of Practice for Poultry Farms in Western Australia.
·       There are no local policy implications relevant to this item.
 
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
The applicant has paid a sum of $13,617
 
STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS
·       Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Strategy – Rural Land Use and Rural Settlement.
 
ATTACHMENTS.
Circulated with the agenda are the following items relevant to this report:
·       Amended Site Plan (Doc Id: 46480)
·       Elevations (Doc Id: 46479)
·       Land Capability Assessment (Doc Id: 46477)
·       Management Plan (Doc Id: 46478)
·       Schedule of Submissions (Doc Id: 46489)
 (Marked 9.4.6)
 
VOTING REQUIREMENT
Simple majority
 
OFFICER RECOMMENDATION
That Council grant planning approval for a proposed Free range Poultry Farm on Lot 25 Munbinea Road, Hill River to AAA Egg Co. subject to the following conditions of approval:
1. The land use and development shall be undertaken in accordance with the approved and stamped plans, including the approved Environmental Management Plan.
2. This Approval is for an Animal Husbandry – Intensive (Free Range Poultry Farm) only.
3. The use and development must be substantially commenced within 3 years of the date of this approval.
4. Poultry shed design and management, management of stock feed, water, waste products and all other aspects of poultry farm operation are to comply with the management guidelines set out in the Environmental Code of Practice for Poultry Farms in Western Australia (May 2004) (The Code).
5. The maximum number of laying hens shall be 300,000.
6. Crossovers, access and egress to the subject site from Munbinea Road and any road works shall be located and constructed to the satisfaction of the Executive Manager Infrastructure and include all necessary drainage and signage. Costs applicable to the construction of the access point/s onto the site and any related issues shall be borne by the proponent.
7. All internal roadway surfaces within the site are to be constructed of a suitable material such as paving, road base, limestone or course gravel and compacted to limit dust generation, to the satisfaction of the Shire’s Chief Executive Officer.
8. Notices indicating the type of operation, hours of operation and potential impacts of the poultry farm operation are to be displayed adjacent to the Munbinea Road frontage of the site in accordance with the specifications contained in Statement of Planning Policy No 4.3 Poultry Farms Policy to the satisfaction of the Shire’s Chief Executive Officer. The notices must state that development approval for the construction of the Development on the site has been granted.
9. The use and development must be conducted so that it has minimum impact on the amenity of the area by reason of:
·       Transportation of materials, goods and commodities to and from the premises;
·       Appearance of any buildings, works and materials; and
·       The emission of noise, vibration, dust, wastewater, waste products or reflected light.
10. Applicant is to carry out each of the elements of the Environmental Management Plan including the audit protocol set out within the Environmental Management Plan.
11. Applicant is to undertake regular (Monthly) monitoring for Stable Fly by an independent expert both pre development and post development. Monthly results of monitoring to be provided to the Shire’s Manager Environmental Health.
 
ADVICE:
Note 1: Further to this approval, the Applicant may be required to submit working drawings and specifications to comply with the requirements of the Building Act 2011 and the Health Act 1911 which are to be approved by the Shire’s Manager Building Services and/or Manager Environmental Health prior to issuing a Building Licence.
Note 2: The Department of Health advises that any form of pest control using pesticides must comply with the Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011.
Note 3: It is advised that the proposal should at all times comply with the Biosecurity & Agriculture (Stable Fly) Management Plan 2013 in order to minimize the effects of stable flies on the community.
Note 4: It is advised that the proposal should at all times comply with the provisions of the Food Act 2008 and related regulations, codes and guidelines and in particular the Primary Production Standard in relation to Egg production.

Department of Water Advice Notes:

To be in accord with the Code, with regard to minimising risks to water resources, the proponent should be required to demonstrate the following (Notes 5 – 11):
Note 5: Separation depth to groundwater for new free range sheds should be a minimum 3 metres above the maximum recorded groundwater level.
Note 6: An appropriate buffer width from wetlands, waterways and floodways. 200m is the recommended buffer (Table 1, p15 of Code).
Note 7: Stormwater management methods which include adequate retention area for contaminated stormwater and wash-down water, in line with the DoW’s Water quality protection note 39 Ponds for stabilising organic matter, and the Stormwater Management Manual for Western Australia (2004+).
Note 8: A buffer distance of 50m between new sheds and water supply bores (measured 20m from perimeter of sheds).
Note 9: Drinking water supply bores located minimum 100m from wastewater disposal sites and preferably ‘upstream’.
Note 10: Appropriate storage of fuel and chemicals in bunded compounds, and an emergency response plan to address any accidental spillage of fuel or other potential contaminants.
Note 11: In addition, the proposed use of manure to fertilise pasture on Lot 25 will need to be carefully regulated to ensure a low risk of nutrients contaminating groundwater and surface flow. Manure application rates should be based on site-specific conditions, such as the soil PRI (Phosphorus Retention Index), and the crop requirements. In addition, the irrigation of pasture with nutrient-rich wastewater in this location is not supported by the DoW, given the  location within the Hill River Catchment.
 
Mining Advice Notes:

Note 12: Tronox request that the proximity of valuable mineral resources and future mining activities be accounted for in the assessment of this development and communicated to the proponent. If approved, the development must be undertaken with the knowledge of being located adjacent to future mining and mineral haulage activities, and the associated interactions that will arise.
Comments ()

Badgingarra Wind Farm

REQUEST FOR EXTENSION TO PLANNING APPROVAL – BADGINGARRA WIND FARM

Badgingarra moora, dandaragan Locality
 
Applicant: APA Group
File Ref: Development Services App / Development Application / 2012 / 60
Disclosure of Interest: None
Date: 11 October 2014
Author: Barbara Macaulay, Planning Officer
Signature of Author:
Senior Officer:  Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Signature of Senior Officer:
 
BADGINGARRA WIND FARM
 
PROPOSAL
The applicant is seeking a further extension of 2 or 3 years to the period of planning approval for the Badgingarra Wind Farm (scheduled to lapse on the 19 December 2014) to the 19 December 2016 or 2017.
The reason for the delay in carrying out the approved proposal is provided below:
“As with our previous extension, the project has continued to experience a major delay to its critical development path mainly due to the delays experienced by Western Power to obtain the relevant approvals for the construction of its 330 kV Midwest Transmission Line project. Western Power has commenced construction of the Mid West Energy Project - Stage 1 (Southern Section) and is expecting to complete this stage by the end of 2014. This will enable the connection of the Badgingarra Wind Farm”.
A copy of the 2012 planning approval and 2013 amended planning approval is provided in the Attachments along with the formal letter requesting an extension of planning approval.
 
BACKGROUND
At its meeting on the 12 December 2008, Council granted conditional planning approval for the Badgingarra Wind Farm for a period of two (2) years. In 2010 an extension to planning approval was granted on 11 November for a further two (2) years with an additional 6 conditions added to the 2008 planning approval. At its meeting on the 18 April 2013 Council considered amendments to the proposed development due to improvements in wind turbine technologies. The variation resulted in a new design and more efficient turbine but an increase height to the tip of the turbine to 140 metres. The Council resolved at this meeting to approve the proposal subject to the conditions imposed in 2008 and 2012 as stated:
 
1. The proponents shall (prior to the erection of wind turbine generators) provide notification to the RAAF Aeronautical Service of the location and height details of the wind turbine generators;
 
2. The proponents shall (prior to the erection of the wind turbine generators) provide notification to Air Services Australia of the location and height details of the wind turbine generators;
 
3. The proponents shall (prior to the erection of wind turbine generators) provide notification to CASA of the location and height details of the wind turbine generators;
 
4. The access points onto the subject land and any road works shall be located and constructed to the satisfaction of the Manager of Technical Services and Works and include all necessary drainage and signage. Costs applicable to the construction of the access points onto the site and any related issues shall be borne by the proponents;
 
5. Access to the proposed development will only be allowed along Cadda Road and Yerramullah Road. The proponents will be required to undertake routine maintenance works on Cadda Road (from the Brand Highway to Munbinea Road) and Yerramullah Road (from Cantabilling Road to the intersection with Bibby Road) for the duration of the construction phase.  
The cost of the routine maintenance will be determined on a shared basis with the Shire (to be agreed prior to the commencement of the project based upon forecast traffic volumes). Any costs associated with required upgrades needed before development of the Wind Farm occurs shall be to the satisfaction of the Manager Technical Services and Works and be at the cost of the proponents;
 
6. The proponents in conjunction with the Shire of Dandaragan shall commission a Road Condition Report prepared by a recognised engineer (agreed to by both parties) prior to the commencement of the project. The Road Condition Report shall, at least but not be limited to, identifying the following issues;
a) Suitability of the existing pavement strength (in wet and dry conditions) to cater for the proposed haulage loads and traffic volumes;
b) Suitability of the existing horizontal and vertical alignments to cater for the proposed haulage loads and traffic volumes; and
c) Identify and provide plans and costings for any required upgrade works to the existing road network to make it suitable for the proposed haulage loads and traffic volumes.
The costs associated with the preparation of the Road Condition Report and any road works identified in the Road Condition Report shall be undertaken at the cost of the proponents prior to any works commencing onsite;
 
7. The Shire of Dandaragan requires Cadda Road (from the Brand Highway to Munbinea Road) and Yerramullah Road (from Cantabilling Road to the intersection with Bibby Road) to be in no lesser standard at the end of the construction phase as they were prior to the development commencing. A photographic record of the condition of the subject roads shall be prepared prior to commencement of the project;
 
8. The proponents shall provide a Traffic Management Plan to Main Roads WA and the Shire of Dandaragan prior to the commencement of construction. The Traffic Management Plan shall address;
·       Transportation of materials to the project site;
·       Obtaining the necessary written approvals / permits from Main Roads WA Heavy Vehicle Operations Branch; and
·       The transport of all divisible and indivisible loads and acquisition of necessary permits for transport of these loads.
 
9. Following the submission of the development application, if the proponents propose changes resulting in significant additional environmental impact in the opinion of the Shire of Dandaragan, these changes shall not be undertaken without prior consultation with the Shire of Dandaragan and the Environmental Protection Authority Service Unit;
 
10. The proponents are required to obtain a Clearing Permit in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004 in the case of any proposal to clear existing remnant native vegetation on the site to the satisfaction of the Department of Environment and Conservation;
 
11. The Wind Farm shall comply with the South Australian Environmental Protection Authority “Wind farms environmental noise guidelines (interim)” dated December 2007 and relevant sections of the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority “Guidance of the Assessment of Environmental Factors Environmental Noise Draft No 8” dated May 2007;
 
12. Noise from the operational Wind Farm shall not exceed 5dB(A) above the background noise level or 40dB(A) (using a 10 minutes LAeq), whichever is the greater, at existing residences inside the development envelope;
 
13. Noise from the operational Wind Farm shall not exceed 5dB(A) above the background noise level or 35dB(A) (using a 10 minutes LAeq), whichever is the greater, at existing residences outside the development envelope;
14. The background noise limits for the proposed development are to be based on the pre-recorded background noise measurements. (Refer to Table 5 of the development application.);
 
15. The proponents shall develop and implement a post construction noise monitoring program at the noise sensitive receptors listed in Table 5 of the development application to assess compliance of the operational Wind Farm with the noise limits. The post-construction noise monitoring program shall be conducted at the same time of year as when the background noise measurements were recorded. Results of the program shall be forwarded to the relevant authority
 
16. Prior to the commencement of construction, the proponents shall commission third party noise modelling studies (in accordance with planning consent condition number 11) to demonstrate the final Wind Farm design complies with the noise limits outlined in this approval. The intended noise modelling methodology shall be discussed with the Department of Environment and Conservation Noise Branch, at the appropriate time;
 
17. The proponents shall develop and implement a bird mortality monitoring program within 12 months of commencement of Wind Farm operations. The program shall be developed in consultation with the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and / or the WA Museum. Results of the program shall be forwarded to the Shire of Dandaragan;
 
18. The proponents shall develop and implement an annual monitoring program for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (Calyptohynchus latirostris) bird strike, foraging and roosting (including any avoidance) behaviour, with reporting to the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. The WA Museum (Mr Ron Johnstone or his nominated appointment) is to be consulted in developing appropriate surveying methodologies for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo. The duration of this monitoring will be defined during the development of the program and subject to review, based on findings during the first two years' monitoring;
 
19. The proponents shall provide road signage to the specification and satisfaction of Main Roads WA and the Shire of Dandaragan;
 
20. The proponents shall submit a Drainage Management Plan for internal access roads for the endorsement of the Manager Technical Services and Works and a Drainage Management Plan where any impacts occur externally to the properties contained within the application;
 
21. A display panel designated to the Badgingarra Wind Farm shall be included in the existing Viewing Area Information Stand at the Emu Downs Wind Farm;
 
22. The proponents shall ensure sufficient clearance is maintained from Western Powers’ existing and planned transmission and distribution lines and associated facilities to the satisfaction of Western Power;
 
23. The proponents shall provide landscaping to screen buildings to a similar standard as was planted at the Emu Downs Wind Farm;
 
24. Any leasehold arrangements exceeding 20 years for part lots are to be referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission for approval;
 
25. The submissions / objections lodged by the Department of Industry and Resources, Image Resources NL and Jurien Industrial Minerals Ltd being withdrawn and that Council be indemnified against any possible action from these organisations with regard to granting of planning approval,  prior to the commencement of any on site works;
 
26. Decommissioning of the above ground plant and equipment (excluding concrete pads; footings; and in-ground cables) on the subject land will commence within a period of 12 months from termination of operations and be completed within a time period of the satisfaction of the Shire of Dandaragan. This will occur following submission by the proponents of a plan outlining the process of decommissioning;
 
27. Planning consent is granted for a maximum period of two years from the date of this approval during which time the development must be substantially commenced;
 
28. The proponent is advised that planning approval is not a building licence. A building licence must be formally applied for and obtained from Building Services before commencement of any site and / or development works;
 
29. Prior to the commencement of construction, the proponent shall commission detailed archaeological and ethnographic surveys, compliant with Aboriginal Heritage Act (1972) dated September 2011, over areas of proposed infrastructure;
 
30. Prior to the commencement of construction, the proponent shall make arrangements in consultation with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council for any required Aboriginal heritage monitoring;
 
31. prior to the commencement of construction, the proponent shall provide and implement a Fire Management Plan that addresses the impacts of the Wind Farm through the construction phase to operation, approved by Council and Department of Fire and Emergency Services of Western Australia;
 
32. All fencing shall be of rural construction such as open post and rail or post and wire, to the satisfaction of the Shire;
 
33. prior to the commencement of construction, the proponent will consult with landowners on the location of known weed infestations and will implement measures, as agreed with landowners, and in accordance with any relevant regulation under the Bio-security and Agriculture Management Act 2007 and measures recommended by the Western Australian Department of Food and Agriculture; and
 
34. The proponent shall prior to commencement of construction, implement necessary strategies to mitigate an future noise non-compliance that may arise from the construction or operation of the Wind Farm.
 
COMMENT
The request for a 2 or 3 year extension to the current Badgingarra Windfarm planning approval is considered legitimate based on the statement of justification provided in the letter. The delays are mainly due to the delays experienced by Western Power to obtain the relevant approvals for the construction of its 330kV Midwest Transmission Line Project. Construction has now commenced on the project with stage 1 expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
Western Power has indicated it will offer Badgingarra Wind Farm a preliminary Access Offer in February 2015 and a final Access Offer in January 2016. The proponent is reasonably confident the project will commence construction within two years however, the preference is for a three year extension.
 
However, in granting the extension it should be made clear to the proponent that the Council’s decision does not provide an avenue to change any of the current conditions of approval nor afford a right of appeal to the State Administrative Tribunal. The decision merely relates to the period of time upon which construction work must have substantially commenced, generally interpreted as ‘slab on the ground’, or in this instance could mean footings completed for most of wind turbines.
Since the original approval was given 6 years ago, there have been some agency name changes and in February 2014 the Environmental Protection Authority release Bulletin No.21 ‘Guidance for wind farm developments’. It is recommended the conditional planning approval is updated to reflect these minor changes. It is recommended that Council grant only a two year extension in case changes occur during this time period.
 
APA Group held a Badgingarra Wind Farm landowners meeting on Tuesday 30th September and support for the project remains strong amongst landowners. Given there are no changes to landowners nor the proposed development it would be reasonable to approve the proposal subject to the conditions imposed in 2008 and 2012 with the slight modifications mentioned previously.
 
CONSULTATION
The proponent has provided with its written request for extension continuing support by landowners. Therefore, it is not considered necessary for further public consultation be undertaken at this time.
 
STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT
·       Clause 10.5.2 of the Local Planning Scheme No. 7 states:
10.5.2 “a written request may be made to the local government for an extension of the term of planning approval at any time prior to the expiry of the approval period in Clause 10.5.1”
·       Planning Bulletin 67 – Guidelines to Wind Farm Development
 
POLICY IMPLICATIONS
There are no policy implications relevant to this item.
 
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
A planning application fee to the value of $15,750 shall be paid by the applicant, being 50% of the planning application fee to validate the extension of the planning approval.
 
STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS
Renewable energy projects deemed compatible with surrounding land uses should be encouraged through identification in future strategic planning instruments for the Shire, including any new municipal strategic plan, the Local Planning Strategy and new Local Planning Schemes.
 
ATTACHMENTS
Circulated with the agenda are the following items relevant to this report:
·       A copy of the 2012 Planning Approval (Doc Id: 9524)
·       A copy of the 2013 amended Planning Approval (Doc Id: 13264)
·       Request for Extension / Transfer of Planning Approval – Badgingarra Wind Farm Project (Doc Id: 40878) (Marked 9.4.4)
 
VOTING REQUIREMENT
 
 
OFFICER RECOMMENDATION
That Council pursuant to Clause 10.5.2 of the Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Scheme No.7 grant a two year extension to the planning approval granted 12 December 2008 for the Badgingarra Wind-farm resulting in the revised expiry date of 19 December 2016 subject to the following conditions:
 
1. The proponents shall (prior to the erection of wind turbine generators) provide notification to the RAAF Aeronautical Service of the location and height details of the wind turbine generators;
2. The proponents shall (prior to the erection of the wind turbine generators) provide notification to Air Services Australia of the location and height details of the wind turbine generators;
3. The proponents shall (prior to the erection of wind turbine generators) provide notification to CASA of the location and height details of the wind turbine generators;
4. The access points onto the subject land and any road works shall be located and constructed to the satisfaction of the Executive Manager Infrastructure and include all necessary drainage and signage. Costs applicable to the construction of the access points onto the site and any related issues shall be borne by the proponents;
5. Access to the proposed development will only be allowed along Cadda Road and Yerramullah Road. The proponents will be required to undertake routine maintenance works on Cadda Road (from the Brand Highway to Munbinea Road) and Yerramullah Road (from Cantabilling Road to the intersection with Bibby Road) for the duration of the construction phase. The cost of the routine maintenance will be determined on a shared basis with the Shire (to be agreed prior to the commencement of the project based upon forecast traffic volumes). Any costs associated with required upgrades needed before development of the Wind Farm occurs shall be to the satisfaction of the Executive Manager Infrastructure and be at the cost of the proponents;
6. The proponents in conjunction with the Shire of Dandaragan shall commission a Road Condition Report prepared by a recognised engineer (agreed to by both parties) prior to the commencement of the project. The Road Condition Report shall, at least but not be limited to, identifying the following issues;
a) Suitability of the existing pavement strength (in wet and dry conditions) to cater for the proposed haulage loads and traffic volumes;
b) Suitability of the existing horizontal and vertical alignments to cater for the proposed haulage loads and traffic volumes; and
c) Identify and provide plans and costings for any required upgrade works to the existing road network to make it suitable for the proposed haulage loads and traffic volumes.
The costs associated with the preparation of the Road Condition Report and any road works identified in the Road Condition Report shall be undertaken at the cost of the proponents prior to any works commencing onsite;
7. The Shire of Dandaragan requires Cadda Road (from the Brand Highway to Munbinea Road) and Yerramullah Road (from Cantabilling Road to the intersection with Bibby Road) to be in no lesser standard at the end of the construction phase as they were prior to the development commencing. A photographic record of the condition of the subject roads shall be prepared prior to commencement of the project;
8. The proponents shall provide a Traffic Management Plan to Main Roads WA and the Shire of Dandaragan prior to the commencement of construction. The Traffic Management Plan shall address;
·       Transportation of materials to the project site;
·       Obtaining the necessary written approvals / permits from Main Roads WA Heavy Vehicle Operations Branch; and
·       The transport of all divisible and indivisible loads and acquisition of necessary permits for transport of these loads.
9. Following the submission of the development application, if the proponents propose changes resulting in significant additional environmental impact in the opinion of the Shire of Dandaragan, these changes shall not be undertaken without prior consultation with the Shire of  Dandaragan and the Environmental Protection Authority Service Unit;
10. The proponents are required to obtain a Clearing Permit in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004 in the case of any proposal to clear existing remnant native vegetation on the site to the satisfaction of the Department of Parks and Wildlife;
11. The Wind Farm shall comply with the South Australian Environmental Protection Authority “Wind farms environmental noise guidelines (interim)” dated December 2007 and the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority ‘Environmental Protection Bulletin No. 21 Guidance for wind farm developments’ dated February 2014;
12. Noise from the operational Wind Farm shall not exceed 5dB(A) above the background noise level or 40dB(A) (using a 10 minutes LAeq), whichever is the greater, at existing residences inside the development envelope;
13. Noise from the operational Wind Farm shall not exceed 5dB(A) above the background noise level or 35dB(A) (using a 10 minutes LAeq), whichever is the greater, at existing residences outside the development envelope;
14. The background noise limits for the proposed development are to be based on the pre-recorded background noise measurements. (Refer to Table 5 of the development application.);
15. The proponents shall develop and implement a post construction noise monitoring program at the noise sensitive receptors listed in Table 5 of the development application to assess compliance of the operational Wind Farm with the noise limits. The post-construction noise monitoring program shall be conducted at the same time of year as when the background noise measurements were recorded. Results of the program shall be forwarded to the relevant authority;
16. Prior to the commencement of construction, the proponents shall commission third party noise modelling studies (in accordance with planning consent condition number 11) to demonstrate the final Wind Farm design complies with the noise limits outlined in this approval. The intended noise modelling methodology shall be discussed with the Department of Environment Regulation Noise Branch, at the appropriate time;
17. The proponents shall develop and implement a bird mortality monitoring program within 12 months of commencement of Wind Farm operations. The program shall be developed in consultation with the Department of Parks and Wildlife and / or the WA Museum. Results of the program shall be forwarded to the Shire of Dandaragan;
18. The proponents shall develop and implement an annual  monitoring program for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (Calyptohynchus latirostris) bird strike, foraging and roosting (including any avoidance) behaviour, with reporting to the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. The WA Museum (Mr Ron Johnstone or his nominated appointment) is to be consulted in developing appropriate surveying methodologies for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo.
The duration of this monitoring will be defined during the development of the program and subject to review, based on findings during the first two years' monitoring;
19. The proponents shall provide road signage to the specification and satisfaction of Main Roads WA and the Shire of Dandaragan;
20. The proponents shall submit a Drainage Management Plan for internal access roads for the endorsement of the Executive Manager Infrastructure and a Drainage Management Plan where any impacts occur externally to the properties contained within the application;
21. A display panel designated to the Badgingarra Wind Farm shall be included in the existing Viewing Area Information Stand at the Emu Downs Wind Farm;
22. The proponents shall ensure sufficient clearance is maintained from Western Powers’ existing and planned transmission and distribution lines and associated facilities to the satisfaction of Western Power;
23. The proponents shall provide landscaping to screen buildings to a similar standard as was planted at the Emu Downs Wind Farm;
24. Any leasehold arrangements exceeding 20 years for part lots are to be referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission for approval;
25. The submissions / objections lodged by the Department of Industry and Resources, Image Resources NL and Jurien Industrial Minerals Ltd being withdrawn and that Council be indemnified against any possible action from these organisations with regard to granting of planning approval, prior to the commencement of any on site works;
26. Decommissioning of the above ground plant and equipment (excluding concrete pads; footings; and inground cables) on the subject land will commence within a period of 12 months from termination of operations and be completed within a time period of the satisfaction of the Shire of Dandaragan. This will occur following submission by the proponents of a plan outlining the process of decommissioning;
27. Planning consent is granted for a maximum period of two years from the date of this approval during which time the development must be substantially commenced;
28. The proponent is advised that planning approval is not a building licence. A building licence must be formally applied for and obtained from Building Services before commencement of any site and / or development works;
29. Prior to the commencement of construction, the proponent shall commission detailed archaeological and ethnographic surveys, compliant with Aboriginal Heritage Act (1972) dated September 2011, over areas of proposed infrastructure;
30. Prior to the commencement of construction, the proponent shall make arrangements in consultation with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council for any required Aboriginal heritage monitoring;
31. prior to the commencement of construction, the proponent shall provide and implement a Fire Management Plan that addresses the impacts of the Wind Farm through the construction phase to operation, approved by Council and Department of Fire and Emergency Services of Western Australia;
32. All fencing shall be of rural construction such as open post and rail or post and wire, to the satisfaction of the Shire;
33. prior to the commencement of construction, the proponent will consult with landowners on the location of known weed infestations and will implement measures, as agreed with landowners, and in accordance with any relevant regulation under the Bio-security and Agriculture Management Act 2007 and measures recommended by the Western Australian Department of Food and Agriculture;
34. The proponent shall prior to commencement of construction, implement necessary strategies to mitigate any future noise non-compliance that may arise from the construction or operation of the Wind Farm; and
35. Planning approval for the extension of planning approval will commence from the date of receipt of the planning application fee to the value of $15,750
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Answered the phone yesterday from a guy asking about accommodation, it went a little bit like this.

Hi, just wandering if you have rooms available?
Me: yes we do, what room type are you looking for,
Caller: just a price, we have a job in the area coming up,
Me: do you require meals?, we do all meals
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Caller: (butting in again) ok yep sounds great I’ll get back to you, bye

I put the phone down and said yep he won’t call back and  just felt I blew any chance of making that booking. Where did I go wrong?
I should have been right up front with the answer to his price, here is an example,

Caller, Hi, just wandering if you have rooms available?
Me: yes we do, what room type and how many are you looking for,
Caller: just a price, we have a job in the area coming up,
Me: Price starts from $30 twin share to the executive room with all 3 meals for $175 and options in between depending on your requirements or budget. Then await response.

I feel that only offering the highest price I scared him off, but was he just ringing around for the cheapest price. That I will not know.

Having specialised accommodation you need to get that message across in the first sentence and offer the cheapest price first to get their attention. Once you have that you can assess whether they are genuine or a price chaser.
We are getting a lot of price inquiries lately followed up by “is that the best price you can do”
We don’t have a problem giving a cheaper option as long as they are prepared to lose a few extra’s. Certainly won’t lose any quality, food and a basic room will always be presented at best.

Having said that, if the caller states straight up their intentions then a top of the line offer comes first with as many benefits without dictating.

As for a rack rate well we don’t have one as every customer is different and being a low population area we don’t have the luxury of being fully booked and can turn guests away. Therefore we need to be flexible to suit individual company needs. 

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