Concrete Batching Plant

Batching Plant(Picture used for illustrative purposes only and does not represent the proposed plant)

Would you like something like this within approximately 220 metres of your house? I didn’t think so, especially as it is classed a “noxious industry”. Yet this is the prospect a number of Central Ward residents, and businesses, now face. You can do something to help them though. Please help them.

It has been widely reported over the last few years that an area of Bayswater is under threat of having a concrete batching plant built in close proximity to residential homes. In addition it is right next to a business which produces materials which are sensitive to dust (such as food and beverage chemicals), and it is right next to Joan Rycroft Reserve reserve which contains a children’s playground and is also where kids play soccer matches.  The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) guidelines say that concrete batching plants should be located 300-500 metres away from these sorts of things.

I won’t go into details on the potential adverse amenity and health impacts of the additional dust and noise that might be generated by the proposed plant, however it is classed as a noxious industry for a reason. Google defines noxious as:


What could well be the community’s last chance of preventing the proposed concrete batching plant from proceeding in this inappropriate location is the EPA. Until Monday the 16th of November, the public can provide comment to the EPA. Please, go here and make a submission. It is a 5 minute process and you just need to enter your name, address and thoughts on the proposal (which can be as little as one line). I chose “

“Obviously I am not opposed to the industry, however I am very opposed to the location of this proposed plant – as too is the community. To totally ignore the EPA’s set buffer zone is reprehensible. Adjacent to the proposed plant is a sensitive land use business and an active sporting field which also has a children’s playground. Residential houses are within circa 190 metres. Food businesses are within approximately 200 metres.

The EPA must not allow the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to be the sole decision making authority on this project. SAT wrote in their decision delivered 28 January 2014 that “It is indeed curious, given the applicant’s sustained efforts at base line monitoring and general engagement on the environmental aspects of the proposal, that such data could not be located.” Clearly the case for environmental protection has not been met.

In addition, SAT based their decision on modelling from a “typical daily production rate of 135m3” and “maximum daily production rate of 500m3”. By the applicants own “EPA Referral Form” submission the production capacity is 150m3 per HOUR. The maximum daily production rate could therefore be closer to 1,200m3. In addition, in their submission they mention that City of Bayswater officer’s have concluded the environmental impacts can be managed. In a personal capacity (not speaking on behalf of the council) I dispute this, and after re-reading the council agenda items relating to this proposal can find no comments which support the applicant’s claim.

I have faith that the EPA will not allow their own buffer zone rules to be so easily ignored, but will instead state this proposal is “environmentally unacceptable”. “

Power to the people.

(Please be aware that these views are my own and have not been endorsed by the City of Bayswater)

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8 thoughts on “Concrete Batching Plant

  1. Good luck, Chris.
    Vincent and East Perth community have been trying to get rid of or manage two concrete batching plants for a couple of decades. Essential to stop establishment near residential areas, as once established they become a running sore.



    Ian Ker

    Ph: +61 (0)8 9328 8978 (includes local government so-called reform commentaries)

    In the interests of the environment, please think carefully before printing this e-mail.

  2. This is the time when all the councillors should stand as one to support the ratepayers and the local environment. To have a batching plant in such a locality is just plain wrong.

  3. To have a concrete batching plant within 500 metres of a public place where our children the future of our country play sport and 190 metres from housing is just ridiculous. Please consider the hazardous nature of concrete dust and the potential health risk associated with this noxious material. Once this plant is established there will undoubtedly be flow on health problems from this noxious, poisonious, virulent plant within the Bayswater community. Respiratory effects of exposure to low levels of concrete dust containing crystalline silica could be more dangerous than exposure too asbestos. Please City of Bayswater new elected councillors and Mayor make the right decision on this matter as the last elected members have failed to protect the public from this reprehensible and dangerous precidence. A concrete batching plant so close to a residential area is just outrageous.Fore once this plant is built its there for along time .So SAT ,EPA do not allow this dangerous plant too be built so close to our homes and places of work/recreation, for the well being of our Bayswater community and the well-fare of our City.

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