4 October 2018
The City of Kwinana is joining forces with the Casuarina Wellard Progress Association, as part of the Stop the Banksia Road Sand Mines campaign, in an effort to prevent the destruction of an ecologically unique and diverse piece of bushland.
The Banksia Road conservation reserve, a beautiful bushland area covering 26 hectares and located at the former Banksia Road Rifle Range site in Wellard, is being proposed to be cleared and turned into a sand mine by construction company Hanson Australia.
Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the Stop the Banksia Road Sand Mines campaign aimed to rally the community to get behind this important cause and draw the right political attention and influence to ensure that the community’s concerns in regards to this issue were being heard.
“This site is a major community asset with the City currently managing the area as a conservation reserve in an effort to protect and ensure the preservation of the local native vegetation and fauna which is in excellent condition,” Mayor Adams said.
“We have been lobbying and advising against the construction of the mine for decades due to the devastating impact it can have on the health of the community and the environment, as the site provides habitat to hundreds of native fauna species and confirms the presence of several conservation-significant species including Carnaby and Forest Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos.”
Casuarina Wellard Progress Association President Steve Sturgeon said he and his wife moved to this semi-rural area after his wife’s second battle with cancer and his diagnosis of an asbestosis related illness, only to now be faced with considerable dust implications, significant increases in noise and dangerous traffic.
“There are a number of issues associated with the proposal from a lack of community consultation and the destruction of diverse and endangers bushland to misinformation, lack of compensation for property damage and deadly air pollution in the form of airborne carcinogens called Crystalline Silica which are released into the air and breathed in potentially causing Silicosis, a lung disease which can lead to death,” Mr Sturgeon said.
The City together with the Casuarina Wellard Progress Association encourage residents to find out more about the proposal and the issues associated with the proposed sand mine via the Stop the Banksia Road Sand Mine’s website www.StopBanksiaMines.com
where supporters can download a letter template and access a contact list of relevant ministers to contact.