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Wallaroo Residents Concerned Over Yass Valley Council Approval of Importation of Landfill from ACT

25 March 2021

Residents of Wallaroo have expressed concern over the Yass Valley Council approval of a development application allowing 8,000 cubic metres of landfill to be trucked from the ACT to fill gullies at 66 Brooklands Road.

According to those who live near the proposed dumping site the area has long been a popular spot for illegal dumping by companies from across the ACT border.

Eighteen submissions were made to the Council related to the development application.

The approved development application for 8,000 cubic metres coincides with another development application for 42,000 cubic metres of excavated material to be dumped next door at 64 Brooklands Road, Wallaroo.

Wallaroo residents who helped fund locally sealed roads are also concerned about the safety and damage to local roads with more trucks moving back and forth.

A resident on Southwell road has reported that 110 trucks already drive past their house each day. Residents are concerned that the Wallaroo roads are narrow with many bends, concealed driveways, elderly and disabled residents, regular learner drivers and groups of cyclists.

Concerns have also been expressed over the potential for material to wash into the nearby Murrumbidgee River.

At its meeting on 24 March 2021, the Yass Valley Council resolved that Conditional Development Consent be issued for Development Application DA200109 for erosion gully rehabilitation including the importation of up to 8,000m3 of VENM/ENM at 66 Brooklands Road, Wallaroo, subject to the following amendments to the draft conditions:

  • The hours of operation of heavy vehicles on the local road network are restricted to 9am to 4pm.
  • The maximum number of movements (deliveries) per day is restricted to eight.
  • A site survey be undertaken prior to and on completion of any works, at 6 months or the delivery of 4,000m3.
  • Heavy vehicles be required to have specific identification (1m x 1m), front and rear, (indicating that the load is DA approved).
  • A Traffic Management Plan be developed to incorporate restricted hours of operation to 9am to 4pm, the maximum number of movements restricted to eight, and be submitted to Council for approval.
  • A detailed Re-vegetation and Fencing Plan be submitted prior to the commencement of works.
  • Upon completion of the project an inspection to be undertaken by Council and a follow-up inspection be undertaken following two growing seasons to ensure the rehabilitation work has been satisfactorily completed.

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