Transmission Lines Cross Brand Hwy

Just happened to be driving on the Brand Hwy from Dandaragan Redgum Village to Perth on wednesday and saw plenty yellow vest guys hanging around waiting on the road side for something to arrive.
On the way back to Dandaragan driving past the same spot, I assume this is what they were waiting for:

Powerlines brand hwy dandaragan

Quite cool I thought, certainly makes flying a chopper an interesting sport.

Hers another shot.

Power lines Brand Highway Dandaragan

 

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Dandaragan Redgum Village 18 Aug

Life at the Dandaragan Redgum Village has been fairly quiet for the last few days, so we are utilising the time to do some marketing.
With govt tenders and funding on the quiet side we need to be looking more to the private sector.
We had a general look around at what projects are on the table thru the Dandaragan Shire and was surprised at how many were being scheduled for development and quite a few for extension periods.
Looks like the major wind and solar projects are still on the radar, but just awaiting the right time to launch ahead.
Once the Transmission Line going thru Dandaragan from Perth to Eneabba is completed I am sure we will see a flurry of activity.
Also interesting to read about the gas project near Badgingarra. Maybe something will happen there, time will tell.
The phosphate news in the Dandaragan region is still positive and activity surrounding that is still moving forward.

It seems to be a wait and see approach at the moment and when decisions are made I think we will see a flurry of activity within the Dandaragan Shire.
If we hear of something interesting we will post it on our Dandaragan Projects page, hopefully that might help a company or business find out about prospective opportunities.

Just for something different here is a pic of Spring :)

Dandaragan moora wildflowers

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Dandaragan Redgum Village 15 Aug

Is it just me or is the whole dam country in slow down mode? I read this just yesterday.

The latest unemployment numbers released last week were disappointing to say the least: Australia’s unemployment rate jumped to a 10 year high and is now on par to when the GFC unfolded

Dandaragan

Now, unlike then though we don’t have a mining boom to insulate our economy or a government predisposed to spending our way to prosperity.

I noted with interest that for the first time since 2007 our unemployment rate of 6.4% is higher than the US (6.2%).

We are now on par with the UK, but their employment situation is improving whereas ours is worsening.

Peering behind the headline stats makes for pessimistic analysis, especially if you’re 15-24 years old as youth unemployment is presently 14.1%.

Apparently the culprit is a slump in part time work opportunities, but whatever the cause, the story behind the story is that the Aussie economy seems to be on the skids and the Federal government appears bereft of strategies on how to stop the rot. What ideas they do have have been poorly received by the public and aren’t going to be easily actioned as the Senate is now dominated by headline grabbing idealists.

While we remain in this political deadlock and vision vacuum (which started during the Gillard – Greens alliance) it’s hard to see much of a silver lining to gloomy economic cloud hanging over our heads.

When I read this I thought hmmm, maybe I should be grateful for the business we have and concentrate on marketing to the companies and businesses that we have had an association with and just nurture that relationship.
No hard selling just keeping in touch to be ready for when the cycle does turn and our political status decide that Australian unemployment is a problem. Only then will they relaese funding for much needed projects that keep our economy positive and human beings occupied. As in going to work and feeling pride and satisfaction for what we can achieve in the work place. Plus building a better Australia.

Full copy of the article I have referred to is here by a person I have a huge respect for.

Steve McKnight   http://www.propertyinvesting.com/growth-warning-emerging

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Dandaragan Transmission Line

 

 

 

The new financial year is well under-way here in Dandaragan, Just like everywhere else, and racing away at that.
Business is slowly picking up at the Dandaragan Redgum Village as we expect once the financial year is cleaned up and new funding becomes available for new projects.

Not all projects in Dandaragan are new as some are gaining momentum and as more funding becomes available.

Looks like the Transmission line from north of Perth to Eneabba via Dandaragan may be back on track after the incident a couple months back. We wish them well and hope they get a hassle free run from here on.

Dandaragan Transmission Lines

 

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Turquoise Coast Regional Airport

PROPOSED TURQUOISE COAST REGIONAL AIRPORT

Location: Jurien Bay

Applicant: Shire of Dandaragan

File Path: Business Classification Scheme / Land Use and

Planning / Planning / Strategic Plans

Disclosure of Interest: None

Date: 16 June 2014

Author:  Manager Planning

Signature of Author:

Senior Officer:  Chief Executive Officer

Signature of Senior Officer:

Turquoise Coast Regional Airport

PROPOSAL

For Council to receive and publically advertise the master plan for the proposed Turquoise Coast Regional Airport.

BACKGROUND

The preparation of the master plan for the proposed Turquoise Coast Regional Airport has undergone the following process.

Council successfully made an application to the Department of Transport for a grant under the Regional Airports Development Scheme.

Expressions of interest to undertake the study closed on 9 October 2012. Council resolved to appoint Rehbein at the Ordinary Meeting of 22 November 2012.

An inception meeting was held 15 January 2013 and an inspection carried out of several possible sites.

A second meeting with respect of the draft study took place on 20 March 2013.

The draft document was presented to the Council Forum on 10 April 2013 and discussion took place in regard to the priorities as seen by Council.

Following discussion by Council the indication was that Council preferred Site 1 being the existing Jurien Bay Airstrip for the preparation of the Master Plan as the most suitable location for the development of the Turquoise Coast Regional Airport to serve Jurien Bay and surrounding areas, for the short to medium term.

The decision of Council at the Ordinary Meeting held 18 April 2013 was as follows:

In view of the Evaluation Criteria and the Recommendations contained in the Turquoise Coast Regional Airport Site Assessment prepared by Rehbein, that Council advertise all five proposed sites inviting submissions prior to the preparation of a Master Plan and that Council finalise a preferred option following the consultation process.

A summary document of the draft report was mailed out on 7 June 2013 to various ratepayers and government organisations.

Subsequently a public information forum was held on 11 July 2013 at which 10 members of the public attended plus several Councillors and Staff. The interest shown by the public was disappointing. Following the closure of the period for receiving of submissions, 13 submissions were received.

A copy of the submissions received was also forwarded to Rehbein and their comments were as follows:

The decision on which site Council prefers is entirely its prerogative, and given the long duration which may eventuate between an alternative site is required, then it may make sense to endorse a continuation of the status quo at this stage.

However from a planning perspective given that:

1. Site 1 is in reality limited in its ultimate capability, this would seem to suggest public support for progressing the detail around Site 2 for incorporation into necessary planning schemes to protect the site in the long term, especially against encroachment from incompatible surrounding land uses.

2. Site 1 will never be capable of accommodating some types of potential aviation operations, therefore it cannot be guaranteed to adequately serve the intended function of the Turquoise Coast Regional Airport indefinitely; and

3. Site 2 is the only technically superior site to the existing Jurien Bay Airstrip and the only one that is likely to be developable at reasonable cost.

From a planning perspective, it is suggested that it would be highly imprudent not to safeguard a possible airport at Site 2 at some time (potentially 20+ years) in the future. If this option isn’t preserved, then the Shire’s options for a future airport if and when the current facility eventually becomes inadequate for the required operations and/or unacceptable from an amenity impact perspective, are likely to be limited to non-existent.

The Council decision of 28 November 2013 was as follows:

That Council adopt Site 2 – Location 10600, Corner of Munbinea Road and Jurien Road as its preferred location for the preparation of a Master Plan for the Turquoise Coast Regional Airport.

A presentation of the draft Master-plan was given to Councillors at the 22 May 2014 Council Forum.

After considering comments from Councillors and staff, Rehbien have submitted the final draft of the report for Council.

Based on comments received Rehbien have made the following recommendations for inclusion into the Master-plan.

 

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8.0 RECOMMENDATIONS

The Rehbein Airport Consulting report Turquoise Coast Regional Airport Site Options Assessment, 16 April 2013 confirms the selected site at the corner of Jurien Road and Munbinea Road as the most suitable of the identified options for a future Turquoise Coast Regional Airport suitable to serve a range of general aviation and passenger transport operations.

The preferred site is considered to be technically superior to the alternatives against a range of aeronautical and non-aeronautical criteria applicable to a modern airport, as well as likely to be the most cost-effective to develop.

Due to the expected development timeframes for the airport, which are very long-term in nature, the exact mix of operational requirements that the airport must accommodate is not yet known, and may not be so for some years to come. The Master Plan for the Turquoise Coast Regional Airport must therefore incorporate flexibility to adapt appropriately to the reality of demand as it eventuates.

This Master Plan report sets out a framework for the physical development of the preferred site which allows flexibility for the implementation of facilities in a staged manner to suit the extent and nature of demand as it occurs. A number of safeguarding measures are identified in Section 7.0 and it is recommended that these be incorporated within subsequent revisions of the Local Planning Scheme to adequately preserve the capability of the selected site to accommodate the operations associated with the Turquoise Coast Regional Airport.

Nevertheless, there remain some potential issues with the site that have been identified during the process to date. These should be further investigated during the next stage of detailed planning and design to ensure they are adequately addressed. In particular, these include:

·         Potential hazards from bird populations which reportedly exist on and adjacent to the site. It is recommended that a detailed study be undertaken by a qualified ornithologist to identify likely bird behaviour, the potential risk that might be posed to aircraft operations at the airport, and appropriate mitigation and management measures to minimise this risk;

·         Appropriate physical investigation of the proposed development areas to confirm design requirements for infrastructure including aircraft pavements, access roads and development sites; and

·         Further detailed investigations into environmental attributes of the site, including flora and fauna, cultural and heritage considerations, stormwater flow and quality management to confirm the acceptability of development on the site.

It is inevitable that the Master Plan will need to be reviewed at regular intervals to ensure the detailed proposals continue to reflect the changing needs of the Turquoise Coast and this should include careful consideration prior to the initiation of any major development.

COMMENT

Negotiations will continue with the landowner of the proposed site as resolved by Council at the 28 November 2013 meeting.

Prior to Council adopting the final report, it is recommended that it be advertised to the general public.

CONSULTATION

·         Council

·         Chief Executive Officer

·         Deputy Chief Executive Officer

·         Manager Planning

·         Consultant

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

There are no statutory implications relevant to this item.

In the longer term it is hoped to show the adopted site on planning documents.

POLICY IMPLICATIONS

The decision of Council for the location of the proposed Turquoise Coast Regional Airport will lock Council into the process over the next five to 20 years.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Funding in the long term for the development of the Turquoise Coast Regional Airport will be the matter of further investigation and government funding.

STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS

·         Shire of Dandaragan Strategic Community Plan 2011 – 2021

5.15.1 GOAL NUMBER ONE: Strong Economic Base and Enabling Infrastructure

OBJECTIVE 2: Ensure timely provision of essential and strategic infrastructure to ensure investment and growth for the Shire is maximized.

CODE: G1-O2-A5

STRATEGIES: Assess feasibility and develop plan for Regional Airport via RADS application.

LINKS: SuperTowns Growth Plan

TIME FRAME: Medium

SCOPE: District

 PARTNERS: DoT

ATTACHMENTS

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

·         Final version of Masterplan (Doc Id: 29603) (Marked 9.4.1)

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple majority

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council advertise the Master Plan for the proposed Turquoise Coast Regional Airport for a period of 21 days in local newspapers and on the Shire’s website.

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Guyed Mast Tower Nambung

PROPOSED 70 METRE GUYED MAST AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT – LOT 4113 WONGONDERRAH ROAD, NAMBUNG

Location: Lot 4113 Wongederrah Road, Nambung

Applicant: Daly International on behalf of Crown Castle Australia (CCA) and Western Australian Police (WAPOL)

Folder Path: Development Services App / Development Application / 2014 / 24

Disclosure of Interest: None

Date: 12 June 2014

Author:  Planning Officer

Signature of Author:

Senior Officer:  Manager of Planning

 Signature of Senior Officer:

70m Guyed Mask Tower

PROPOSAL

The proponent is seeking planning approval for a communication facility at Lot 4113 Wongonderrah road, Nambung. The subject land is zoned rural and under private ownership. The proposal is one of three proposed communication facilities in the Shire of Dandaragan. Unlike the proposed tower in Dandaragan, this proposal along with the proposed tower at Carjarloo, are located near an area of environmental significance and thus Council comment is sought in the deliberation of the application. This proposal includes:

·         Total height of 72.8m (70m unpainted, dull galvanised guyed mast with two 1.2 diameter dishes installed between 20m and 66.5m plus an antenna)

·         Western Australian Police (WAPOL) radio transmission equipment

·         WAPOL prefabricated equipment shelter

·         Two clusters of six solar panels.

BACKGROUND

WAPOL has engaged Crown Castle Australia (CCA) to build a number of communication facilities which will form part of the Community Safety Network. The Network is fully funded under Royalties for Regions and will bring together WA Police, the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) and the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) under one common infrastructure network, managed by WAPOL. Communication will be across a shared, purpose-built, secure network for the first time.

The process for planning a new telecommunication facility is a complex process and the proponent has considered the following issues:

·         Radiofrequency coverage

·         Low-impact and co-location opportunities

·         Availability of suitable sites

·         Planning, environmental and heritage considerations

·          Engineering criteria and construction considerations. Doc Id: 24310

 

Site description

To meet coverage requirements the search for suitable sites was limited to the top of the hill. The proposed facility is located on one of the higher hills in the area (53m AHD), 18km south-east of Cervantes. The facility will be setback approximately 90m from the southern property boundary and 960m from the western property boundary. Nambung National Park adjoins the western and southern boundary with the Pinnacles Discovery Centre 5km to the west. The land to the east is zoned public purposes. Indian Ocean Drive is 7.8km to the west.

The proposed facility will be enclosed within a secure compound measuring 10m x 10m (100m2). Three anchor points, securing the guyed wires to the ground are located approximately 50m from the mast.

Construction details

A total construction period of approximately 10 weeks is anticipated and there is unlikely to be any adverse impact on the surrounding road network. Once operational, the facility will be unstaffed and will only require maintenance works once a year, for approximately one day.

COMMENT

Under the Telecommunication Act 1997 telecommunication facilities considered to be ‘low impact’ are not required to obtain planning approval. Telecommunication towers are not listed as low-impact and hence planning approval is sought.

In assessing the proposal consideration has been given to ensure the proposal is consistent with the objectives and permitted uses within the Shire’s Local Planning Scheme No7 and the provisions contained within Planning Policy 5.2 Telecommunication Infrastructure (SPP 5.2).

The Western Australian Planning Commission’s Planning Bulletin 46 ‘Applications for telecommunications Infrastructure’, state if a facility is located in an area of environmental significance it can never be regarded as low-impact. The proposed guyed mast is not located within Nambung National Park but is within close enough proximity to warrant consideration of its potential impact on an area of State and Local tourism significance.

Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Scheme No7 The proposed telecommunication facility is a use not listed under the LPS7 Zoning Table. As a use not listed, in accordance with Clause 9.4.3 of the Scheme, notice of the proposed development was advertised to a number of government agencies as listed in the Consultation section of this report.

As a use not listed, and in accordance with Clause 4.4.2 of the Scheme, Council is to either:

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 subject land is zoned ‘Rural’ under the Shire’s Local Planning Scheme No. 7 (LPS7). The objective of the Rural zone in the Scheme is:

“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”.

It is considered the proposal is consistent with the objectives of the Rural zone.

State Planning Policy 5.2 Telecommunication Infrastructure

SPP 5.2 provides a framework for the preparation, assessment and determination of applications for planning approval of telecommunication facilities. The Policy states telecommunication infrastructure should be located, sited and designed in accordance with 15 Guiding Principles. The applicant has addressed these principles in their planning application and a copy is provided in the attachments.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) in their comment to the proposal (see Schedule of Submissions and DPAW Line of Sight from Desert View Lookout in attachments) confirm there is a direct line of sight from the viewing platform at the Pinnacles Discovery Centre to the tower. Based on DPAW’s analysis, and given the Pinnacles are a significant tourist site, the Officer has requested the applicant provide further information on the visual impact of the tower. It is suspected at a distance of 5.4km and being a guyed mast of less bulk than a lattice tower, the tower will have limited impact on middle to distant views.

Under SPP 5.2 in addition to the standard requirements for planning applications under the relevant town planning scheme, applications for telecommunication facilities are to include additional information as relevant to the application. Therefore the Officer’s request for a visual assessment is in accord with the additional information requirements stated in SPP5.2:

·         Graphic illustrations (including photographs of similar facilities and / or computer generated simulations) showing the type of facility and its relationship with adjacent development;

·         Elevations showing the extent, height and appearance of the proposed facility as viewed from any adjacent street, public place and adjacent property.

It is the Officer’s recommendation Council grant approval on condition the proposal has a limited impact on middle to distant views from the Desert View Lookout pending confirmation from the visual impact assessment from the applicant. It is anticipated that the assessment will be provided prior to the Council meeting. In the event that the assessment is not provided or proves to be unsatisfactory, it is recommendation that Council defer the application. The reason for presenting this item whilst awaiting the visual assessment is that due to the extended time consulting with various government departments the 60 days time limit in the Planning and Development Act will expire and the proposal deemed refused. This will not be the case if Council decides to defer the application pending further information.

CONSULTATION

Notice of the proposed development was advertised to the following government agencies.

·         Air Services Australia;

·         Civil Aviation Authority;

·         Department of Defence;

·         Department of Parks and Wildlife;

·         Department of Planning; and

·         Main Roads Western Australia.

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

·         Local Planning Scheme No 7.

POLICY IMPLICATIONS

·         State Planning Policy 5.2 Telecommunication Infrastructure.

·         Western Australian Planning Commission Planning Bulletin No 46 – Applications for Telecommunications Infrastructure.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The applicant has paid a planning application fee of $640.00

STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS

·         Shire of Dandaragan Integrated Strategic Community Plan

5.15.1 GOAL NUMBER ONE: Strong Economic Base and Enabling Infrastructure

OBJECTIVE 2: Ensure timely provision of essential and strategic infrastructure to ensure investment and growth for the Shire is maximised.

CODE: G1-O2-A11

STRATEGIES: Telecommunications:

·         Upgrade existing telecommunications system to allow for higher speed internet access through high speed broadband via wireless;

·         Support planning for demand driven bids for National Broadband Network;

·         Support mobile tower program for region; and

·         Develop digital strategy sub-region (Wheatbelt Development Commission).

 

LINKS: Community workshops, Super-Towns Growth Plan

TIME FRAME: Short-Medium-Short-Short

SCOPE: District - Coastal - District

PARTNERS: NBN WDC

ATTACHMENTS

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

·         Plans (Doc Id: 29311)

·         Location Plan (Doc Id: 29313)

·         Applicant response to State Planning Policy 5.2 (Doc Id: 29314)

·         Schedule of Submissions (Doc Id: 29315)

·         DPAW Line of Sight from Desert View Lookout (Doc Id: 29316)

(Marked 9.4.3)

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple majority

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

That Council determines that the use “Telecommunications Tower” is consistent with the objectives of the “Rural” zone and is therefore permitted under section 4.4.2 of the Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Scheme and grants planning approval for a telecommunication facility at Lot 4113 Wongederrah Road, Nambung subject to the following conditions:

1. All development shall accord with the Development Application prepared by Daly International and subject to any modifications required as a consequence of any condition (s) of approval;

2. All development shall be in accordance with the attached plans date stamped 15 April 2014 subject to any modification required as a consequence of any conditions of this approval and shall not be altered without the prior written approval of the local government;

3. 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;

4. The proposed solar panels must meet all relevant Australian Standards for construction and reflection to minimise any glare impacts;

5. Shire of Dandaragan is to be advised of completion of the facility; and

6. Applicant is to notify RAAF of a proposed “Tall Structure”.

ADVICE NOTES:

Note 1: The applicant be advised this is planning approval only and not a building permit. A building permit must be obtained for this development.

Note 2: If the development the subject of this approval is not substantially commenced within a period of 2 years, or such other period as specified in the approval after the date of the determination, the approval shall lapse and be of no further effect.

Note 3: Where an approval has so lapsed, no development shall be carried out without the further approval of the local government having first been sought and obtained.

Note 4: Applicant is to notify RAAF and Bungle Helicopter Operators of a proposed “Tall Structure”. 

Note 5: The applicant be advised that “should you be aggrieved by this decision, or any conditions imposed, there is a Right of Review under the Planning and Development Act 2005. An application for Review must be submitted in accordance with Part XIV of the Planning and Development Act within 28 days of the date of this decision to:

The State Administrative Tribunal

GPO Box U1991

 

PERTH WA 6845”

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Lattice Communication Tower Dandaragan

PROPOSED 40 METRE LATTICE TELECOMMUNICATION TOWER AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT – LOT 6 MUNGEDAR ROAD, DANDARAGAN
 
Location: Lot 6 Mungedar Road, Dandaragan
Applicant: Daly International on behalf of Crown Castle Australia (CCA) and Western Australian Police  (WAPOL)
Folder Path: Development Services App / Development Application / 2014 / 23
Disclosure of Interest: None
Date: 11 June 2014
Author:  Planning Officer
Signature of Author:
Senior Officer: , Manager of Planning
 Signature of Senior Officer:
 
Lattice Communication Tower Dandaragan
 
PROPOSAL
The proponent is seeking planning approval for a communication facility at Lot 6 Mungedar road, Dandaragan. The subject land is zoned rural and under private ownership. The proposal is one of three proposed communication facilities in the Shire of Dandaragan. This proposal includes:
·         An overall height of 43.2m (40m lattice tower-unpainted galvanised finish, two dishes one will 1.2m dia the other will be 1.8m dia installed between 15m – 38m height, plus antenna)
·         Western Australian Police (WAPOL) radio transmission equipment
·         WAPOL prefabricated equipment shelter
·         Two clusters of six solar panels
 
BACKGROUND
WAPOL has engaged Crown Castle Australia (CCA) to build a number of communication facilities which will form part of the Community Safety Network. The Network is fully funded under Royalties for Regions and will bring together WA Police, the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) and the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) under one common infrastructure network, managed by WAPOL. Communication will be across a shared, purpose-built, secure network for the first time.
The process for planning a new telecommunication facility is a complex process and the proponent has considered the following issues:
·         Radiofrequency coverage
·         Low-impact and co-location opportunities
·         Availability of suitable sites
·         Planning, environmental and heritage considerations
·         Engineering criteria and construction considerations.
 
Site Description
To meet coverage requirements the search for suitable sites was limited to the top of the hill. The proposed facility is located on the highest hill in the area (364m AHD), 19km south-east of Badgingarra and approximately 17km north of Dandaragan and will be setback 4.7km from North West Road and 4.6km from Badgingarra Road. The nearest dwelling is 3.5km. The site is easily accessible and the property owner is happy to proceed.
The proposed facility will be located on a fenced off area not used for agricultural purposes and will require the removal of five small trees. The facility will be enclosed within a secure compound measuring 10m x 10m (100m2).
 
Construction details
The site will be accessed by an existing gravel track on the property. The total construction period will be approximately ten weeks. Once operational, the facility will be unstaffed and will require maintenance work once a year for one day. Construction works will occur between 7am and 7pm.
 
COMMENT
Under the Telecommunication Act 1997 telecommunication facilities considered to be ‘low impact’ are not required to obtain planning approval. Telecommunication towers are not listed as low-impact and hence planning approval is sought. In assessing the proposal consideration has been given to ensure the proposal is consistent with the objectives and permitted uses within the Shire’s Local Planning Scheme No7 and the provisions contained within Planning Policy 5.2 Telecommunication Infrastructure (SPP 5.2)
Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Scheme No7
The proposed telecommunication facility is a use not listed under the LPS7 Zoning Table. As a use not listed, in accordance with Clause 9.4.3 of the Scheme, notice of the proposed development was advertised to adjoining landowners that may be affected by the development. No objections have been received from adjoining neighbours.
As a use not listed, and in accordance with Clause 4.4.2 of the Scheme, Council is to either:
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 subject land and adjoining lots are currently zoned ‘Rural’ under the Shire’s Local Planning Scheme No. 7 (LPS7). The objective of the Rural zone in the Scheme is:
 “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”.
It is considered the proposal is consistent with the objectives of the Rural zone.
State Planning Policy 5.2 Telecommunication Infrastructure SPP 5.2 provides a framework for the preparation, assessment and determination of applications for planning approval of telecommunication facilities. The Policy states telecommunication infrastructure should be located, sited and designed in accordance with 15 Guiding Principles. The applicant has addressed these principles in their planning application and a copy is provided in the attachments.
In determining the application SPP 5.2 state the local government should have regard to the “extent to which the proposal contribute to the social and economic benefit of affordable and convenient access to modern telecommunication services for people and businesses throughout the State”. The proposed facility will enable WAPOL to use a more effective and modern communication network and will also benefit the community by providing a more informed, responsive and coordinated law enforcement and public safety service in regional population areas.
Given the social and economic benefit of the proposal and its location in the Rural zone well away from sensitive land uses, it is the Planning Officer recommendation that Council grant approval.
 
CONSULTATION
Notice of the proposed development was advertised to adjoining and potentially impacted neighbouring landowners. The advertising period was 5 May and closed on the 26 May 2014. No objections were received.
 
STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT
·         Local Planning Scheme No 7.
 
POLICY IMPLICATIONS
·         State Planning Policy 5.2 Telecommunication Infrastructure
 
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
The applicant has paid a planning application fee of $640
 
STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS
·         Shire of Dandaragan Integrated Strategic Community Plan
 
5.15.1 GOAL NUMBER ONE: Strong Economic Base and Enabling Infrastructure
 
OBJECTIVE 2: Ensure timely provision of essential and strategic infrastructure to ensure investment and growth for the Shire is maximised
 
CODE: G1-O2-A11
 
STRATEGIES: Telecommunications:
·         Upgrade existing telecommunications system to allow for higher speed internet access through high speed broadband via wireless;
·         Support planning for demand driven bids for National Broadband Network;
·         Support mobile tower program for region; and
·         Develop digital strategy sub-region (Wheatbelt Development Commission).
 
LINKS: Community workshops, Super-Towns Growth Plan
 
 
TIME FRAME: Short - Medium - Short - Short
SCOPE: District – Coastal - District
PARTNERS: NBN, WDC
 
ATTACHMENTS
Circulated with the agenda are the following Items relevant to this report:
·         Plans (Doc Id: 29307)
·         Location Plan (Doc Id: 29308)
·         Applicant response to State Planning Policy 5.2 (Doc Id: 29310)
(Marked 9.4.2)
 
VOTING REQUIREMENT
Simple majority
 
OFFICER RECOMMENDATION
That Council determines that the use “Telecommunications Tower” is consistent with the objectives of the “Rural” zone and is therefore permitted under section 4.4.2 of the Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Scheme and grants planning approval for a telecommunication facility at Lot 6 Mungedar road, Dandaragan subject to the following conditions:
1. All development shall accord with the Development Application prepared by Daly International and subject to any modifications required as a consequence of any condition (s) of approval;
2. All development shall be in accordance with the attached plans date stamped 15 April 2014 subject to any modification required as a consequence of any conditions of this approval and shall not be altered without the prior written approval of the local government;
3. 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;
4. The proposed solar panels must meet all relevant Australian Standards for construction and reflection to minimise any glare impacts;
5. Shire of Dandaragan is to be advised of completion of the facility
 
ADVICE NOTES:
Note 1: The applicant be advised this is planning approval only and not a building permit. A building permit must be obtained for this development.
Note 2: If the development the subject of this approval is not substantially commenced within a period of 2 years, or such other period as specified in the approval after the date of the determination, the approval shall lapse and be of no further effect.
Note 3: Where an approval has so lapsed, no development shall be carried out without the further approval of the local government having first been sought and obtained.
Note 4: The applicant be advised that “should you be aggrieved by this decision, or any conditions imposed, there is a Right of Review under the Planning and Development Act 2005. An application for Review must be submitted in accordance with Part XIV of the Planning and Development Act within 28 days of the date of this decision to:
The State Administrative Tribunal
GPO Box U1991

 

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Joanna Plains Peaker Project

JOANNA PLAINS PEAKER PROJECT

 

CARPENTER BEEF PTY LTD - APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL OF PLANNING APPROVAL - JOANNA PLAINS PEAKER PROJECT
 
Location:           Lot 3907, Brand Highway, Cataby
Applicant:         Carpenter Beef Pty Ltd
Folder Path:      Development Services Apps / Development Application / 2009 / 48
Disclosure of Interest:  None
Date:           10 September 2013
Author:              Manager of Planning
Signature of Author:
Senior Officer:        Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Signature of Senior Officer:
 
Joanna Plains Peaker Project
 
PROPOSAL
The proponent is seeking renewal of planning approval for the establishment of the Joanna Plains Peaker Project on Lot 3907 Brand Highway, Cataby.
 
BACKGROUND
This application was originally submitted to Council in September 2009 on behalf of Griffin Energy Development Pty Ltd. There were a number of issues relating to the application which precluded Council from giving formal consideration to the application. These issues related to mineral resources under the area of the application. These issues were resolved over a period of time and at its meeting on the 24 November 2011, Council granted conditional planning approval to the Joanna Plains Peaker Project for a period of two (2) years. The conditions of approval are as follows:
1. The proponents shall provide a Traffic Management Plan to Main Roads Western Australia 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 Western Australia Heavy Vehicle Operation Branch; and
·        The transport of all divisible and indivisible loads and acquisition of necessary permits for transport of these loads.
2. The proponents shall provide road signage to the specification and satisfaction of Main Roads Western Australia;
3. Following the submission of the application for planning approval, if the proponent proposed 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;
4. 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 vegetation on the site to the satisfaction of the Department of Environment and Conservation;
5. The Joanna Plains Peaker Project shall comply with the Environmental Protection Authorities Guidance Statement No.3 for ¡§Electric Power Generation¡¨;
6. Prior to the commencement of construction, the proponents shall commission third party noise modelling studies to demonstrate the final design complies with the relevant noise limits outlined in this approval;
7. The proponent shall ensure that no nesting birds of the endangered species Carnaby¡¦s Black Cockatoo are disturbed by any resulting works such as realignment of fence lines through or near mature trees;
8. Decommissioning of the plant and equipment on the subject land will commence within a period of 12 months from termination of operations and to be completed within a time period to the satisfaction of the Shire of Dandaragan. This will occur following submission by the proponent of a plan outlining the process of decommissioning;
9. 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;
10. 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; and
11. That following completion of the construction of the project, the Chief Executive Officer be authorised to request the proponent to undertake screen planting sufficient to screen the development from the Brand Highway.
The proposal is to construct and operate a 106MW ¡§peaking¡¨ dual fuel (diesel and gas) open cycle gas turbine power station that will efficiently supplement electricity generation during times of high electricity demand in the Mid-West Region. The project will be capable of being a standalone unit or being aligned with other wind farm projects.
The project will be located on Lot 3907 being a site characterised by gently undulating, cleared pasture lands. No native vegetation or significant habitats will be disturbed as a result of the development and construction will be carried out under best management practices.
 
 
COMMENT
The request for a 2 year extension to the planning approval is permitted under the Local Planning Scheme;
Clause 10.5.2.of the Scheme states;
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 (2 years).
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.
Lot 3907 is located on a property in the Cataby area approximately 160km north of Perth and approximately 21km west of the Dandaragan town site. The subject land is commonly known as Joanna Plains. The Joanna Plains farm is a 6950 hectare property comprising of four separate Certificates of Title. The particular Certificate of Title affected by this application is commonly referred to as “Marianas”.
The proposed development site comprises of an area of 1751 hectares, immediately west of the Brand Highway and is currently used for the grazing of cattle. This site was selected as the most suitable location because of the location of required infrastructure. 
The Dampier to Bunbury natural gas pipeline is located 11km from the proposed site, whilst the Parmelia gas pipeline is located less than 500m from the proposed site. A 132kV power line held by Western Power traverses the site from south-east to north-west. A 330kV easement also traverses the site and Western Power is in the process of upgrading the 132kV to 330kV as part of their Pinjar to Eneabba transmission line project.
The site is currently used for grazing and was cleared some 20 to 30 years ago. The Joanna Plains farm is located on land zoned “Rural” under the Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Scheme No.7. Land to the east of the site is also zoned Rural however, land to the north and south is reserved for “Public Purposes” and the land to the immediate west is reserved for ¡§Conservation¡¨.
Also located on the Joanna Plains farm is a cattle feedlot operation which has been operational for approximately five years and is situated 4400 metres from the site of the proposed Peaker Project. The Joanna Plains Peaker Project is considered to be separate to the feedlot as it occupies a different lot number which does not form part of this application. The subject site is currently improved by one dwelling, situated 4500 metres to the south of the proposed development site. This is currently needed for farm employees and presently houses the farm manager. The nearest private residence is the Billinue Aboriginal Community which is 3390 metres to the north of the proposed site.
 
 
 
The applicant advises that the following components are proposed to be used in this project:
·        2 x 60MW generators ie operating capacity of 106MW;
·        Control room;
·        Fuel oil skid;
·        Gas skid;
·        18 metre exhaust stack;
·        Maintenance / storage building;
·        Water treatment building; and
·        Fuel tanks.
It is proposed that the plant is designed and intended to be run on a remote basis. The units are capable of operating on dual fuel basis meaning the turbines can function on various fuels including bio diesel, diesel or natural gas. The units are designed as a small modular configuration that is primarily constructed offsite and prefabricated modules are transported to site and basically bolted onto the concrete slab. Each turbine can operate either independently or in sync with the other. This allows the two turbines to be progressively brought online within a short period to meet electricity demand. This means the Joanna Plains Project has the capacity to efficiently operate to a minimum output of 15MW through to a maximum output of 106MW.
The proposed substation will occupy 10% of the total area being approximately 4000 square metres and house the outdoor switch gear and a control room fitted out with switch gear, protection, metering and communication equipment.
Access to the proposed site will be located along the northern boundary of the Mariana¡¦s paddock and is directly available from the Brand Highway via a new road of approximately 1500 metres. If necessitated, the land owner is agreeable to including the proposed access drive within a dedicated easement. The access road design and the construction will need to suit the sandy soils with possible suitable construction material located about 10 kilometres away. The proposed vehicle manoeuvring area will be constructed to a suitable standard to accommodate heavy ridgid vehicles and will enable all vehicles to enter and exit the site in forward gear after performing no more than a 3 point turn. This access is the subject of a submission from Main Roads Western Australia.
General temporary facilities required for construction will include:
·        Site sheds and offices;
·        Ablution facilities;
·        Crib room;
·        Covered external area;
·        Lay down areas; and
·        Small car park.
Application for these temporary facilities will be the subject of aseparate application for planning approval as well as for the issuing of a temporary building licence. These facilities will be removed following construction and all areas disturbed will be rehabilitated. It is anticipated that the initial construction phase would be completed within six months of onsite works commencing.
 
CONSULTATION
The application for planning approval was previously extensively advertised in 2011. All those that made submissions in 2011 were advised by letter of the proposed extension of planning approval and requested to advise if there were any changes to their comments/advice. No formal responses of any changes have been received at the time of the preparation of this report.
 
STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT
·        Local Planning Scheme No 7
·        Local Planning Strategy  Rural Land Use and Rural Settlement
 
POLICY IMPLICATIONS
There are no policy implications relevant to this item.
 
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
The applicant has paid a sum of $3,751.10 for extension of the planning approval.
 
STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS
·        Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Strategy ¡V Rural Land Use and Rural Settlement
 
ATTACHMENTS
Circulated with the agenda are the following items relevant to this report:
·        Site plan (Doc Id: 16078)
·        Separation plan (Doc Id: 16080)
·        Infrastructure plan (Doc Id: 16083) (Marked 9.4.4)
 
VOTING REQUIREMENT
Simple majority
 
 
 
OFFICER RECOMMENDATION
That Council:
1. 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 24 November 2011 for the Joanna Plains Peaker Project on Lot 3907 Brand Highway, Cataby resulting in the revised expiry date of 24 November 2015; and
2. That the applicant be advised the extension of time to the current planning approval does not alter the conditions of approval nor afford a right of appeal to the State Administrative Tribunal. The decision relates to the period of time upon which construction work must have substantially commenced as determined by the Council
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Redgum Village Dandaragan

Marketing of the Redgum Village here in Dandaragan is coming along nicely. Long over due but as they say better late than never.
Redgum has had a steady flow of guests thru June which has been great. Following a big shut down from the tronox cataby mine, Dandaragan and redgum village certainly get a great boost.


Unfortunately this time round the date clashed with another booking and as they couldnt change their date they had to cancel the project for now.
Just goes to show just how important it is that we keep up our number of rooms so large groups of people either for work or pleasure get to come to Dandaragan and do what they need to do.

Even though some rooms may remain empty in between these occasions, it is worth while to do so.

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Dandaragan Silo's

The Dandaragan silo's are shown here in a unique form that demonstrate how a piece of farming equipment can be transformed into art.
These silo's situated near Regan's Ford 30km south of Dandaragan are a major asset to many a Dandaragan farmer. In fact they were built specifically for some local farmers needs and have been used to capacity in the last few years.

Wheat silos at Dandaragan

This is certainly a picture of the Dandaragan rd silos of a different nature. 
We will endeavour to find more interesting photos of places and things in and around the Redgum Village and Dandaragan.

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