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SAY NO TO TIMS THICKET LIQUID WASTE PROPOSAL!

We are disappointed that the EPA have made the decision to allow the City of Mandurah’s (CoM) proposal to reinstate the septage site at Tim’s Thicket. This is despite the fact that: it was not listed in any of the EPA search engines to enable the public to find it to make a response over 100 resident objections, listed as part of the BCCG submission, were counted as a single objection by the EPA the CoM have NOT put the matter through for Federal EPBC act approval the CoM have NOT met their environmental obligations on the site over 14 years of use! The matter now has to go through the Department of Water & Environment (DWER) for final approval. We will soon have a period of 21 days to have our last regulatory say!

If you would you like to be notified when the DWER consultation period opens

please enter your email address below:

The CoM has a woeful record of mismanagement and, shall we say, “oversights” the 20 years on the Tims Thicket Waste Site – see our evidence-based list of misdemeanours. We are particularly concerned that very recently (Mar 20 - during Covid-19 restrictions) there was a restructure of the Directorship of the City of Mandurah where the Director responsible for the Environmental Department of 17 years standing has been made redundant and the Environmental Department now reports to the Works and Services (now renamed Built & Natural Environment) Director who also has responsibility for Waste Management – we perceive this as a serous conflict of interest! During its 20-year management tenure there is documented evidence that CoM Works & Services Dept have: 1. Failed to rectify the illegal dumping by CoM, or subsequent removal, of contaminated waste on adjacent reserve 24198, set aside for conservation & passive recreation and outside the waste facility reserve, from 1995-1998 (photos supplied to CoM rangers & DWER in 1997); NOTE that water table flows through this site on the way to the ocean!
2. Failed to act on bore water monitoring results showing increasing levels of ground water contamination since 2006 to 2018 (including 3 years after closure of the septage facility)
3. Asked Council to renew the Cleanaway waste management contract for Mandurah in Jun 2012 while knowing the increasing levels of contamination occurring at Tims Thicket operated by Cleanaway. 4. Failed to fully & correctly inform councillors on 3 known occasions upon which decisions regarding the waste facility have been made: (i) 2013 councillors vote to reopen facility but not advised of known water table contamination as per above charts. (see item G.21/12/13 of Council minutes 17/12/13) (ii) 2015 councillors deferred vote to upgrade of septage facility requesting further information on environmental impacts and are provided with incorrect water monitoring graphs; (see Kyle Boardman memorandum of 22/6/15) provided to councillors containing graphs below which show only a small portion of the actual water monitoring graphs and only bores 1-5)
(iii) 2016 councillors vote to upgrade septage facility however the Report 5 from Director Works and Services To Council Meeting of 26 July 2016 outline plan; - bears no mention of irrigation field being outside waste title on 24198 just mentions (adjoining reserve) “20. Installation of pump to Storage Pond and associated pipework to irrigation field (adjoining reserve), includes new sand filter and chlorination equipment to treat final effluent prior to dispersal to the sub soil irrigation area.” - or that it is over previous contaminated waste site as (identified in 1. above) - or that DWER have already notified (2015) that this is an unacceptable solution
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Application FAILS with DWER after BCCG goes public with this diagram:
5. Failed to notify Tims Thicket and Melros beach users of the faecal contamination above the recreational water limits in 2011 & 2012 (as per CoM 2010- 2014 Recreational water report) compliled by the City of Mandurah Environmental department when headed by outgoing director!; Note that Melros beach had one instance at 300 organisms per 100ml but Tims Thicket beach had 10 median readings of over 35/100 out of 17 readings i.e. 58%. 6. Failed to continue to monitor ocean water quality, instead shut down the recreational water monitoring in those locations Of the 17 ocean sites only 4 were shut down 2 of which were directly affected by the Tims Thicket liquid waste facility at a time when the water monitoring reports were showing increased ground water contamination. (as per CoM 2010-2014 Recreational water report); “During the period of July 2010 to April 2014, there were 16 monitoring sites along the coastline of Mandurah, from Madora Bay to Tims Thicket; as indicated by arrows on the map in Figure 3.1. These sites were divided into two categories based on their frequency of use by the public for water-based recreational activities during the bathing season:” 7. Failed to comply with license conditions, stockpiling waste from 2010 for 7 years prior obtaining a crushing licence in 2016 (as shown by aerial photos); Feb 2008 – Area clear prior to stockpiling Feb 2010 – Stockpiling begins. Feb 2011 – Stockpiling continues Feb 2014 – Stockpiling now large amounts Q1 2015 – Licence issued for crushing Nov 2016 – Crushing begins 8. Deceptively obtained a crushing licence outside of Ministerial Conditions MS375 by failing to adhere to required licence application conditions, resulting in licence grant by DWER in Jul16, causing noise pollution to residents of William St in Melros; 9. failed to monitor, admit or rectify multiple breaches by the operator to licence conditions as shown in DWER licence L6860/1995/11 update of 4/6/15 culminating in the removal of the licence for the liquid waste facility - excerpts from licence as follows: “Removal of Category 61 liquid waste facility and Investigation of potential Impacts from pond leaks. Septage wastes were previously accepted and treated via three anaerobic ponds, a facultative pond and an aerobic pond. Treated septage wastewater was discharged into an infiltration area adjacent to the oxidation pond. The infiltration area was constructed so that in the event of an overflow or emergency discharge, the treated wastewater would be directed to the infiltration area and then allowed to infiltrate onsite soils. Although the site is no longer accepting liquid waste, there is liquid waste stored in the wastewater treatment system. DER has reviewed groundwater monitoring results for the site. Groundwater flow is indicated to be in a westerly direction. There are 9 monitoring bores in total, with 3 located up-gradient (MB1, MB2 and MB9), 2 in close proximity to the treatment ponds and infiltration area (MB1 and MB2), and 2 located down-gradient of the ponds (L1 and MB5) Groundwater monitoring results indicate that there is an increasing trend in the presence of contaminates compared with up-gradient samples. TCL decided on 1 November 2014 to cease accepting liquid wastes as they were approaching their annual limit and until a thorough investigation of the ponds integrity can be carried out. Inert Landfill The inert landfill receives inert waste and construction and demolition waste from building Sites The site accepts up to 65,000 tonnes of Inert Waste per annual period. Tile inert waste is used to backfill a limestone quarry. It has been identified in previous inspections that the site has had on-going issues with accepting non. conforming waste. An improvement condition has been Included that requires the Licensee to submit a Waste Acceptance Procedure to DER, to ensure that suitable management practices are in place to prevent non-conforming waste being accepted and buried on sire Ministerial Conditions The premises were assessed under Part IV of the Act and are bound by Ministerial statement: 375. Previous Compliance inspections at Tim's Thicket have identified non-compliances with licence conditions in the past, specifically with maintaining the wastewater treatment ponds and acceptance of non-conforming wastes for the inert landfill.” 10. failed to complete any of the actions from BCCG/Com meeting of Dec 17, including actions: 1b) review of new liquid waste proposal with BCCG prior to submission 4a) to put up all the water monitoring results on the CoM website 5) review of new liquid waste proposal with nearby residents 11. failed to implement the vesiture change of land use for adjoining reserves from Camping & Recreation to Conservation and Passive Recereation despite being formerly reminded to do so in 2015 and again in 2017: “The balance of the excised portion of the reserve 21271, the balance of reserve 24198, and Reserve 33139 will be retained in its natural state and managed by the City for Conservation and Passive Recreation…” By doing this the city has effectively removed an area of public conservation (national park) and subjugated it for their own purposes, contrary to their own proposal and the direction of the minister. For this error nobody has been held accountable. 12. failed to implement 7 of the original 1998 adjacent reserve management plan actions (3.8,3.17,4.3,4.4,4.5,4.6,4,9), mostly relating to monitoring the adjacent reserves; 13. Failed to carry out any recent detailed environmental study of the adjacent reserves detailing flora & fauna since CER report of 1998 since which time a number of local species have been added to the endangered flora & fauna list. 14. failed to monitor, with the resulting impact on the environment of rampant weed growth of the Brazilian Pepper tree growth in the weed pit west of the site and death of protected Tuart tree copse situated south of the site in Yalgorup National Park (see photos); 15. Dumped potentially contaminated sand in 2017 on reserve 24198 outside their licence provisions adjacent to a newly placed pieziometer marked with a blue cross; 16. Dumped green waste at 2 locations in Dawesville outside their licence provisions; 17. Failed to consult with local residents on any of the proposals put to DWER

REGISTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS – at the top of this page and

we will tell you when the DWER consultation is open!

“ Can’t believe the council is allowing this to happen”
“ … the council has failed for obvious reasons to keep rate payers in the loop… ”
“ … the damage to our fragile system has already been taken to an unhealthy level for both the local environment and the people living in this area …”
“… Tims Thicket is too environmentally sensitive an area”
“Due to the lack of transparency over the monitoring and management of this facility I believe this facility needs to be closed and for new and improved options to be looked into in order to better protect the environment it's affecting “
“ This proposal should be stopped immediately and never should have been considered not for this area”
“How on earth did this happen! Time for us all to stand up and say NO find another solution”
“As a rate payer who lives in the Melros area I DO NOT support the plan for a Liquid Waste Disposal Plant in Tims Thicket. I have seen NO public consultation process”
“ This proposal is preposterous and needs to be stopped! ”
“ … If they have not been honest and transparent and have failed to meet any or all of its obligations regarding the environment then it should be stopped until an impact study has been completed and residents advised. It looks like Erin Brokovich all over again …”
“This is not acceptable. There is a definite risk of leaching into the water that we, our children, our pets, drink and wash in on a daily basis. How dare the planners try to put this into place. Would they do it if they lived in the affected area? I don't think so. Disgusting!!”
“Terrible!!
“ Land owner with bore I'd drink my bore water. But not if this happens”
“ I find the sneakiness of this proposal the most concerning, as it shows a clear attempt to push through something that would not go ahead had people been aware.”
“I definitely wasn't aware of any of this , until I read the Mandurah mail, what can I do to help with this...
“The city has failed both the residents and the environment here.”
“ This is an unacceptable concept and every measure should be taken to bring it to a halt”
“ This is the first time I have been informed about the City of Mandurah proposal for this site. I am astounded that there has been virtually no public consultation on this matter. I aplaud the Bouvard Coastcare Group for bringing it to our attention. I am definately against this proposal.”
“One can only wonder why the Council has been so secretive about this proposal which leads us to believe it knew it would lead to much opposition from local residents and others because of lack of transparency. “
“There is such a large volume of evidence about the pollution here that I am surprised that this is even being considered.”
“ Local council should be totally transparent to the public with in depth studies on the long term environmental impacts made available through local media .Look after our fragile coastline and our children’s’ future !”
“ The environmental implications have not been properly considered in the proposal of the liquid waste disposal site in Tims Thicket. If they wish to develop this site maybe they should dig up and remove all of the contaminants beforehand. I find the sneakiness of this proposal the most concerning, as it shows a clear attempt to push through something that would not go ahead had people been aware.”
“ As a resident of Tims Thicket since the early 1990's, I vote for closure to the Waste facility. When it was originally set up residents were assured its impact on the environment would be contained within the designated area. Clearly this is now not the case.”
“My concern is about the covering up of evidence in the hope that it would go away. When water quality exceeded its trigger values, the sampling was stopped. When staff were shown photos of the rubbish in the old tip site, the photos were returned unviewed. I support this group and their actions as they live here and are directly affected.”
“This situation is becoming increasingly disturbing as local residents are being left out of the loop and mislead as to what is intended to go on at Tim's Thicket. Stop polluting our water ways and back yards.”
“I've lived in Mandurah most of my life, been fishing, swimming, surfing at Tims Thicket for 30 years…..This is a concern to all of us and it must be stopped.”

Comments by Residents

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Here are the Mayor, CEO / Directors and ALL Councillors phone numbers. Give

them a call and tell them what you think of the proposal:

Mayor Mayor Rhys Williams Phone: 9550 3714 or 9550 3777 Coastal Ward Councillor Merv Darcy Phone: 0450 140 111 Councillor Jenny Green Phone: 0411 789 153 Councillor Candice Di Prinzio Phone: 0439 906 615 East Ward Councillor Lynn Rodgers Phone: 0428 394 526 Councillor Darren Lee Phone: 0417 006 600 Councillor Don Pember Phone: 0417 986 864 North Ward Councillor Caroline Knight, Deputy Mayor Phone: 0439 843 434 Councillor Peter Jackson Phone: 0499 812 442 Councillor Ahmed Zilani Phone: 0413 271 173 Town Ward Councillor Dave Schumacher Phone: 0412 480 722 Councillor Matt Rogers Phone: 0488 563 642 Councillor Peter Rogers Phone: 0419 934 783
Want to know the full story? you can read the full background to this situation on our first Tims Thicket page
Want to know the full story? you can read the full background to this situation on our first Tims Thicket page
Copyright © Bouvard Coast Care Group Inc - Registered Not for Profit Organisation
Designed by Westcountry

SAY NO TO TIMS THICKET

LIQUID WASTE PROPOSAL!

We are disappointed that the EPA have made the decision to allow the City of Mandurah’s (CoM) proposal to reinstate the septage site at Tim’s Thicket. This is despite the fact that: it was not listed in any of the EPA search engines to enable the public to find it to make a response over 100 resident objections, listed as part of the BCCG submission, were counted as a single objection by the EPA the CoM have NOT put the matter through for Federal EPBC act approval the CoM have NOT met their environmental obligations on the site over 14 years of use! The matter now has to go through the Department of Water & Environment (DWER) for final approval. We will soon have a period of 21 days to have our last regulatory say!

If you would you like to be notified

when the DWER consultation

period opens please enter your

email address below:

The CoM has a woeful record of mismanagement and, shall we say, “oversights” the 20 years on the Tims Thicket Waste Site – see our evidence-based list of misdemeanours. We are particularly concerned that very recently (Mar 20 - during Covid-19 restrictions) there was a restructure of the Directorship of the City of Mandurah where the Director responsible for the Environmental Department of 17 years standing has been made redundant and the Environmental Department now reports to the Works and Services (now renamed Built & Natural Environment) Director who also has responsibility for Waste Management – we perceive this as a serous conflict of interest! During its 20-year management tenure there is documented evidence that CoM Works & Services Dept have: 1. Failed to rectify the illegal dumping by CoM, or subsequent removal, of contaminated waste on adjacent reserve 24198, set aside for conservation & passive recreation and outside the waste facility reserve, from 1995-1998 (photos supplied to CoM rangers & DWER in 1997); NOTE that water table flows through this site on the way to the ocean!
2. Failed to act on bore water monitoring results showing increasing levels of ground water contamination since 2006 to 2018 (including 3 years after closure of the septage facility)
3. Asked Council to renew the Cleanaway waste management contract for Mandurah in Jun 2012 while knowing the increasing levels of contamination occurring at Tims Thicket operated by Cleanaway. 4. Failed to fully & correctly inform councillors on 3 known occasions upon which decisions regarding the waste facility have been made: (i) 2013 councillors vote to reopen facility but not advised of known water table contamination as per above charts. (see item G.21/12/13 of Council minutes 17/12/13) (ii) 2015 councillors deferred vote to upgrade of septage facility requesting further information on environmental impacts and are provided with incorrect water monitoring graphs; (see Kyle Boardman memorandum of 22/6/15) provided to councillors containing graphs below which show only a small portion of the actual water monitoring graphs and only bores 1-5)
(iii) 2016 councillors vote to upgrade septage facility however the Report 5 from Director Works and Services To Council Meeting of 26 July 2016 outline plan; - bears no mention of irrigation field being outside waste title on 24198 just mentions (adjoining reserve) “20. Installation of pump to Storage Pond and associated pipework to irrigation field (adjoining reserve), includes new sand filter and chlorination equipment to treat final effluent prior to dispersal to the sub soil irrigation area.” - or that it is over previous contaminated waste site as (identified in 1. above) - or that DWER have already notified (2015) that this is an unacceptable solution
Click on an image to view
Application FAILS with DWER after BCCG goes public with this diagram:
5. Failed to notify Tims Thicket and Melros beach users of the faecal contamination above the recreational water limits in 2011 & 2012 (as per CoM 2010-2014 Recreational water report) compliled by the City of Mandurah Environmental department when headed by outgoing director!; Note that Melros beach had one instance at 300 organisms per 100ml but Tims Thicket beach had 10 median readings of over 35/100 out of 17 readings i.e. 58%. 6. Failed to continue to monitor ocean water quality, instead shut down the recreational water monitoring in those locations Of the 17 ocean sites only 4 were shut down 2 of which were directly affected by the Tims Thicket liquid waste facility at a time when the water monitoring reports were showing increased ground water contamination. (as per CoM 2010- 2014 Recreational water report); “During the period of July 2010 to April 2014, there were 16 monitoring sites along the coastline of Mandurah, from Madora Bay to Tims Thicket; as indicated by arrows on the map in Figure 3.1. These sites were divided into two categories based on their frequency of use by the public for water-based recreational activities during the bathing season:” 7. Failed to comply with license conditions, stockpiling waste from 2010 for 7 years prior obtaining a crushing licence in 2016 (as shown by aerial photos); Feb 2008 – Area clear prior to stockpiling Feb 2010 – Stockpiling begins. Feb 2011 – Stockpiling continues Feb 2014 – Stockpiling now large amounts Q1 2015 – Licence issued for crushing Nov 2016 – Crushing begins 8. Deceptively obtained a crushing licence outside of Ministerial Conditions MS375 by failing to adhere to required licence application conditions, resulting in licence grant by DWER in Jul16, causing noise pollution to residents of William St in Melros; 9. failed to monitor, admit or rectify multiple breaches by the operator to licence conditions as shown in DWER licence L6860/1995/11 update of 4/6/15 culminating in the removal of the licence for the liquid waste facility - excerpts from licence as follows: “Removal of Category 61 liquid waste facility and Investigation of potential Impacts from pond leaks. Septage wastes were previously accepted and treated via three anaerobic ponds, a facultative pond and an aerobic pond. Treated septage wastewater was discharged into an infiltration area adjacent to the oxidation pond. The infiltration area was constructed so that in the event of an overflow or emergency discharge, the treated wastewater would be directed to the infiltration area and then allowed to infiltrate onsite soils. Although the site is no longer accepting liquid waste, there is liquid waste stored in the wastewater treatment system. DER has reviewed groundwater monitoring results for the site. Groundwater flow is indicated to be in a westerly direction. There are 9 monitoring bores in total, with 3 located up-gradient (MB1, MB2 and MB9), 2 in close proximity to the treatment ponds and infiltration area (MB1 and MB2), and 2 located down-gradient of the ponds (L1 and MB5) Groundwater monitoring results indicate that there is an increasing trend in the presence of contaminates compared with up-gradient samples. TCL decided on 1 November 2014 to cease accepting liquid wastes as they were approaching their annual limit and until a thorough investigation of the ponds integrity can be carried out. Inert Landfill The inert landfill receives inert waste and construction and demolition waste from building Sites The site accepts up to 65,000 tonnes of Inert Waste per annual period. Tile inert waste is used to backfill a limestone quarry. It has been identified in previous inspections that the site has had on-going issues with accepting non. conforming waste. An improvement condition has been Included that requires the Licensee to submit a Waste Acceptance Procedure to DER, to ensure that suitable management practices are in place to prevent non-conforming waste being accepted and buried on sire Ministerial Conditions The premises were assessed under Part IV of the Act and are bound by Ministerial statement: 375. Previous Compliance inspections at Tim's Thicket have identified non-compliances with licence conditions in the past, specifically with maintaining the wastewater treatment ponds and acceptance of non-conforming wastes for the inert landfill.” 10. failed to complete any of the actions from BCCG/Com meeting of Dec 17, including actions: 1b) review of new liquid waste proposal with BCCG prior to submission 4a) to put up all the water monitoring results on the CoM website 5) review of new liquid waste proposal with nearby residents 11. failed to implement the vesiture change of land use for adjoining reserves from Camping & Recreation to Conservation and Passive Recereation despite being formerly reminded to do so in 2015 and again in 2017: “The balance of the excised portion of the reserve 21271, the balance of reserve 24198, and Reserve 33139 will be retained in its natural state and managed by the City for Conservation and Passive Recreation…” By doing this the city has effectively removed an area of public conservation (national park) and subjugated it for their own purposes, contrary to their own proposal and the direction of the minister. For this error nobody has been held accountable. 12. failed to implement 7 of the original 1998 adjacent reserve management plan actions (3.8,3.17,4.3,4.4,4.5,4.6,4,9), mostly relating to monitoring the adjacent reserves; 13. Failed to carry out any recent detailed environmental study of the adjacent reserves detailing flora & fauna since CER report of 1998 since which time a number of local species have been added to the endangered flora & fauna list. 14. failed to monitor, with the resulting impact on the environment of rampant weed growth of the Brazilian Pepper tree growth in the weed pit west of the site and death of protected Tuart tree copse situated south of the site in Yalgorup National Park (see photos); 15. Dumped potentially contaminated sand in 2017 on reserve 24198 outside their licence provisions adjacent to a newly placed pieziometer marked with a blue cross; 16. Dumped green waste at 2 locations in Dawesville outside their licence provisions; 17. Failed to consult with local residents on any of the proposals put to DWER

REGISTER YOUR EMAIL

ADDRESS – at the top of this

page and we will tell you when

the DWER consultation is open!

Bouvard Coast Care Group
Working for the future to protect our coastal dune system, fauna and wildlife
“One can only wonder why the Council has been so secretive about this proposal which leads us to believe it knew it would lead to much opposition from local residents and others because of lack of transparency. “
“There is such a large volume of evidence about the pollution here that I am surprised that this is even being considered.”
“ Local council should be totally transparent to the public with in depth studies on the long term environmental impacts made available through local media .Look after our fragile coastline and our children’s’ future !”
“ This is the first time I have been informed about the City of Mandurah proposal for this site. I am astounded that there has been virtually no public consultation on this matter. I applaud the Bouvard Coastcare Group for bringing it to our attention. I am definitely against this proposal.”
“ As a resident of Tims Thicket since the early 1990's, I vote for closure to the Waste facility. When it was originally set up residents were assured its impact on the environment would be contained within the designated area. Clearly this is now not the case.”
“My concern is about the covering up of evidence in the hope that it would go away. When water quality exceeded its trigger values, the sampling was stopped. When staff were shown photos of the rubbish in the old tip site, the photos were returned unviewed. I support this group and their actions as they live here and are directly affected.”
“ Can’t believe the council is allowing this to happen”
“ … the damage to our fragile system has already been taken to an unhealthy level for both the local environment and the people living in this area …”
“… Tims Thicket is too environmentally sensitive an area”
“Due to the lack of transparency over the monitoring and management of this facility I believe this facility needs to be closed and for new and improved options to be looked into in order to better protect the environment it's affecting “
“How on earth did this happen! Time for us all to stand up and say NO find another solution”
“The city has failed both the residents and the environment here.”
“ This is an unacceptable concept and every measure should be taken to bring it to a halt”

Comments by Residents

Here are the Mayor, CEO /

Directors and ALL Councillors

phone numbers. Give them a call

and tell them what you think of

the proposal:

Mayor Mayor Rhys Williams Phone: 9550 3714 or 9550 3777 Coastal Ward Councillor Merv Darcy Phone: 0450 140 111 Councillor Jenny Green Phone: 0411 789 153 Councillor Candice Di Prinzio Phone: 0439 906 615 East Ward Councillor Lynn Rodgers Phone: 0428 394 526 Councillor Darren Lee Phone: 0417 006 600 Councillor Don Pember Phone: 0417 986 864 North Ward Councillor Caroline Knight, Deputy Mayor Phone: 0439 843 434 Councillor Peter Jackson Phone: 0499 812 442 Councillor Ahmed Zilani Phone: 0413 271 173 Town Ward Councillor Dave Schumacher Phone: 0412 480 722 Councillor Matt Rogers Phone: 0488 563 642 Councillor Peter Rogers Phone: 0419 934 783
Want to know the full story? you can read the full background to this situation on our first Tims Thicket page
Want to know the full story? you can read the full background to this situation on our first Tims Thicket page