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Binningup Desal Action Group Newsletter June 2008


Newsletter June 2008

A huge thank you to all of our supporters and especially those who

put in a submission of their own to the EPA. We understand that

there were 67 submissions put in.

The next stage is that the EPA will put out a report for public

comment and then make their recommendations to the Minister,

David Templeman, who will have the final say.

Running parallel is the evaluation by the Federal EPA of the

“controlled action”. In this case the Federal EPA will put a report out

for public comment and then make their recommendation to the

Federal Minister, Peter Garrett, who will also have the final say.

For those who haven’t read our EPA submission please find the

Summary. If you would like a full copy please contact one of us. Email

would be the best


The community of Binningup/Myalup are very aware of the political

motivations associated with this decision to locate the desalination plant at

Binningup; we only have a few voters in a safe Liberal seat. The political

expediency with which this proposal is being “airbrushed” in the public

arena and the lack of consideration for the protection of the environment

concerns us.

The Water Corporation makes many unfounded assertions and unsupported predictions. Water Corporation

findings reveal they are insecurely and unsafely based on documents admitted by their authors to be

“preliminary findings, or simply from literature or from unfinished research, or from reduced research

parameters created by the lack of time allocated to the research consultants. The Water Corporation has failed

sufficiently to demonstrate the lack of any alternative at already degraded coastal sites already given over to

heavy industries, or suitable for the introduction of a desalination complex.

We are aware of the growth within our State and the ever-increasing need for Government to plan into the

future, mindful of environmental factors and the impact of global warming. We believe the location for Perth’s

2nd desalination plant, if that is the best option following rigorous research, should be in a compatible

environment, an industrial area rather than immediately on a fragile coastal environment.

· The Water Corporation owns the site, which is close to existing residences, with further nearby housing

development imminent. The SSDP is a complex industrial development when the intended site is not

zoned for even light industry.

· The projected SSDP site has quite high ecological values and considerable biodiversity contained in the

fragile environment of the Swan Coastal Plain.

· The Water Corporation has failed sufficiently to demonstrate the lack of any alternative at already

degraded coastal sites already given over to heavy industry, or suitable for the introduction of a desal


· The Water Corporation has yet to overcome flaws in the Kwinana desal plant that has suffered several

‘Environmental incidents’ leading to a series of shutdowns.

· The process of planning, exposition to and consultation with the public over SSDP has been rushed,

with the each of W’s independent consultants admitting the fullest research needed beforehand has not

proved possible in the Water Corporation time-frame allowed that consultant.

· The Water Corporation provided a very deficient Peer Review (PEER) public process. Just about every

report contained provisional/highly qualified findings. Only the report by one of its environmental

consultants was thoroughly peer-reviewed publicly by another independent consultant. who found

serious omissions and flaws in the report of the original consultant.

· The Water Corporation’s Cetacean (whales and dolphins) consultant’s skimpy report was not based on

empirical research of the seaboard likely to be impacted, but taken from literature. His report was not

peer reviewed. In public, the proponents SSDP Project Environmental Officer admitted WC lacked a

plan to manage any impact on cetaceans created during the SSP construction phase and thereafter during

the life of its operation.

· The proponent’s Marine Larvae consultant admitted part of his under-water research equipment had

failed, and the research needed had not been completed.

· The Water Corporation has understated the amount of vegetation to be cleared at the plant site and along

the take-off pipe corridor from Binningup to Harvey and has omitted any reference to what clear-felling

would be undertaken beneath the power lines to the plant.

· The proponent has failed to demonstrate what alternative energy would power the SSDP


· The proponent has not published a building-plan profile, nor indicated the materials to be used for the

plant construction.

· The proponent presented to the public a highly inaccurate statement about the ecology and whereabouts

of the three species of Black Cockatoos known and proved seasonally or sporadically use the SSDP site

and environs, in addition to some internal and other migratory birds.

· The proponent consultant’s report on the presence of Ring-tailed Possums was incomplete from the

limited research time granted to that consultant. WC has not demonstrated what would be the impact

and how it would manage such impact on possums and other native mammals found at the SSDP site.

· The proponent’s Social Impact Study consultant’s report found no ‘fatal flaws’, but was not only

incomplete, it was not Peer Reviewed. It was delivered simply at the PER meeting at Binningup by a

senior officer of the Water Corporation!!

· Little research had been done into the Terrestrial or Marine environment until the announcement was

made. Binningup/Myalup locals have always embraced nature - Binningup ringtails, dolphins and

whales. It was Binningup/Myalup locals who provided details of their existence, not the consultants.

During the Water Corporation “consultation process” not one of the consultants actually spoke to the

people who share the habitat with and try to protect and enhance the habitat of our vulnerable


· Little is known about the terrestrial flora and fauna or marine flora and fauna, the bio diversity or

sensitivity of the Binningup construction area. Industry, the size and scale of this proposal will impose

an enormous strain on supporting environment. The immediate inland area has been subjected to land

use that has been primarily for agriculture, limestone extraction and pine-plantation. The coastal land

formations and dune system are however untouched. The dunes provide for protection from salt, wind

and rain, which has allowed healthy woodlands to propagate, and to remain protected close to the

coastline. This woodland, of Tuart, Banksia, Marri and Peppermint support an array of Flora and Fauna.

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News Articles

Tuesday 10 June 2008
Marine ecologist criticises desal plant studies
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Friday 23 May 2008
Garrett to decide on Binningup desalination plant
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Monday 21 April 2008
Binningup locals object to pilot desal plants (The West Australian)
Full Story....

Monday 21 April 2008
Comment sought on desal plant environmental reviews
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Wednesday 21 November 2007
Research backs desal plant site location
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