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Tims Thicket Septage Proposal

The aim of the City of Mandurah proposal is to take the treated waste water from the existing sewage treatment ponds, and spray it over a spray field to allow it to soak away into the ground. Unfortunately, from 1995 onwards, a large amount of hard waste including 9kg gas bottles, white goods, tyres, metals, water heaters, refrigerators, wood, plastics, chemical drums, roof iron, car parts, electrical goods, car batteries, furniture & asbestos sheeting were buried in this same area. Passing large quantities of water through this waste raises the risk that contaminants such as heavy metals, toxic chemicals & asbestos fibres may leach out into the water and seep down into the aquifer below. The problem is: The aquifer provides a source for bore water that is used by the Water Corporation to supplement the local scheme water tanks supplying local residents. (Ref:Page 22 2.5.3) We originally directed this link to the document on the City of Mandurah website - but look where it goes now! - Original link to document Residential bores also take a supply from this aquifer for use as irrigation for fruit & vegetables & animal watering.
Photo from 1997 showing the waste dumped on this site. This is the site of the proposed spray field in reserve 24198.
Area of proposed spray field
Existing septage plant area

The Area in Question

Hard waste deposited in reserve 24198 – 1997. Looking north along east side of pit. The gap to putrescibles in the top of frame was all filled in with the same hard waste then eventually covered with crushed limestone. This is the site of the proposed spray field in reserve 24198. Photos reproduced with permission of Ron Glasson

Why We Need Your Help

Our ‘Tims Timeline’ document shows that the City of Mandurah Waste Facilities department have: Located this waste facility over highly porous Tamala limestone. Located this waste facility adjacent to or in close proximity to environmentally sensitive areas including the Sea, Peel Inlet, Yalgorup National Park & Lake Clifton. Failed to be open and transparent with the public and residents when applying for licences. Failed to acknowledge or accept concerns and complaints from the residents unless forced to do so by the regulators. Failed to manage the facility to even the minimum level required by the regulatory authorities resulting in license suspension by the DER. Rather than allowing the reintroduction of an upgraded Septage Facility, we should close this facility completely now! If you agree, fill out the form on the right to register your vote to close the facility. If you’re not sure why we should do this, see the full and detailed documentation available below and then decide if you want to vote – we think you will. We have just 3 weeks before the council elections where we can REALLY influence the policies of the Mandurah City Council - if enough of us vote for closure we can ask prospective councillors if they’ll support our request – then we can vote for those candidates and enact change!

Vote for Closure!

Read the Background

We’ve put together a collection of the documents we’ve used in forming our view and a list of relevant public documents available online so you can read the facts for yourself. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our campaign, please contact the Secretary: secretary@bouvardcoastcare.org.au Tims Timeline - A detailed document produced by Bouvard Coast Care Group summarising the events leading up to the present situation at Tims Thicket. This time line contains links to public documents used in forming our view of this facility & its management.

Read Some of the comments received so far

Below are a selection of comments received from locals via our Lets Campaign submission form. To get your voice heard, complete the form above and register your views with us so we can pass them on to the prospective councillors.
“ 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! ”

Local Press Coverage

Both the Mandurah Mail and the Coastal Times have published stories on our campaign:
“ … 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...
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“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.”

New Developments - 28th April 2019

Bouvard Coast Care have received a letter from the Department of Water and Environment Regulation informing us of a new proposal for Tims Thicket. ‘Bouvard Coast Care Group has previously raised concerns regarding the potential for groundwater contamination at the proposed irrigation area and the land use of the site. The City of Mandurah has considered the public concerns raised and amended the proposal to minimise the risk to environment. The City of Mandurah has now submitted its change to proposal under section 43a of the Environmental Protection Act 1986, and this document was advertised for a seven-day public comment period between 20 and 26 March 2019. EPA Services notes that you have not provided comments during the seven-day public comment period. EPA Services notes the Bouvard Coast Care Group’s interest in the proposal, and invites you to comment on the application. Could you please provide any comments by Wednesday 10 April 2019 by email. If you missed this important seven-day public comment period, you can read the new proposal below then let us know what you think!
Now that the Public Comment period has passed, the EPA will only accept a single reply from Bouvard Coast Care which we have now submitted. Read the proposal as a PDF Visit the EPA page: Tim's Thicket Liquid Waste Facility Upgrade Please note that for some reason, the link to the document on the EPA page s43A Change to Proposal does not work. You can find the document by clicking on 1.Referral at the bottom of the page and looking under Referral Documentation. Alternatively use the direct link above.
Link to original document for bore water to scheme water suppliment

The original Proposal

The Amended Proposal
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Mandurah’s Dirty Secret Exposed
Watch a Facebook video produced & presented by James Yates covering the issues at Tims Thicket with Mel Horton - Chairperson of Bouvard Coast Care Group.

BOUVARD COAST CARE NEEDS YOU NOW!

The EPA have made a decision to allow the City of Mandurah’s (CoM) proposal to reinstate the septage site at Tim’s Thicket and remove the Ministerial Statement 375 by which they are currently bound. We need to appeal this decision (EPA REPORT 1657 ) and have been given only until 10th December to encourage you to lodge your own appeal. For appeals under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to be accepted, they must: be in writing ; clearly identify the matter or decision being appealed; be accompanied by the correct appeal fee ($10); https://www.bpoint.com.au/pay/dower.sf/?BillerCode=1586296 be signed by the appellant; be lodged within the time limit for that type of appeal. be sent to the Minister for Environment via email to admin@appealsconvenor.wa.gov.au The appeal will also need to clearly set out the grounds which establish why the decision being appealed against was wrong or should be changed. This should ideally include an indication as to what measures should be put in place to make the proposal environmentally acceptable and be lodged within the time limit for that type of appeal. Your appeal need to highlight the following objections: Have you been consulted in any way on this issue by the City of Mandurah? – IF NOT SAY SO! Nothing in the local paper No public meetings No letters to residents/ratepayers No notifications or discussions, as promised, with Bouvard Coastcare after 2017 meetings Deliberate intent to deceive by CoM Works department who submitted the current proposal immediately after the closure date of public submissions to Mandurah Matters Even the Mayor wasn’t told about this submission!! Have you seen this on the EPA Consultation Hub? - IF NOT SAY SO! Were you one of the 24 previous EPA submissions Apr 2017 that requested a public consultation but were denied? Were you notified about the appeal period in Mar 2019? Were you notified about this current appeal period? https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/ - No consultation appears for the current Proposal? Are you subscribed to the epa consultation hub – have you had any notifications from the EPA? Do you agree to the removal of protections afforded by Ministerial Statement 375? - IF NOT SAY SO! Without MS375 City of Mandurah can: Open a full waste site at Tim’s Thicket Stockpile waste Increase the fire risk from additional activities No adjacent reserve management plans required No enforcement of specified MS375 reserve usage change to Conservation & Passive Recreation Are you happy about the lack of environmental concern? – IF NOT SAY SO! 13 years of ignoring contamination of the ground water! Loss of public drinking source – local Water Corp. bore since disconnected after concerned citizens raised the alarm of groundwater contamination! No public health warning for swimmers/surfers/fishermen when faecal levels were above the limits No environmental studies carried out No consideration given to 4 adjacent wetlands, 2 endangered habitats or 4 endangered species, including peacock spiders only found at Tim’s Thicket You have until 10th December to lodge your appeal! - help us save the environment, please lodge it now! For more information contact the BCG Secretary
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Tims Thicket - An

Inconvenient

Truth

Bouvard Coast Care Group
Working for the future to protect our coastal dune system, fauna and wildlife

Why We Need Your Help

Our ‘Tims Timeline’ document shows that the City of Mandurah Waste Facilities department have: Located this waste facility over highly porous Tamala limestone. Located this waste facility adjacent to or in close proximity to environmentally sensitive areas including the Sea, Peel Inlet, Yalgorup National Park & Lake Clifton. Failed to be open and transparent with the public and residents when applying for licences. Failed to acknowledge or accept concerns and complaints from the residents unless forced to do so by the regulators. Failed to manage the facility to even the minimum level required by the regulatory authorities resulting in license suspension by the DER. Rather than allowing the reintroduction of an upgraded Septage Facility, we should close this facility completely now! If you agree, fill out the form on the right to register your vote to close the facility. If you’re not sure why we should do this, see the full and detailed documentation available below and then decide if you want to vote – we think you will. We have just 3 weeks before the council elections where we can REALLY influence the policies of the Mandurah City Council - if enough of us vote for closure we can ask prospective councillors if they’ll support our request – then we can vote for those candidates and enact change!

Vote for Closure!

Read the Background

We’ve put together a collection of the documents we’ve used in forming our view and a list of relevant public documents available online so you can read the facts for yourself. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our campaign, please contact the Secretary: secretary@bouvardcoastcare.org.au Tims Timeline - A detailed document produced by Bouvard Coast Care Group summarising the events leading up to the present situation at Tims Thicket. This time line contains links to public documents used in forming our view of this facility & its management.

Tims Thicket Septage Proposal

The aim of the City of Mandurah proposal is to take the treated waste water from the existing sewage treatment ponds, and spray it over a spray field to allow it to soak away into the ground. Unfortunately, from 1995 onwards, a large amount of hard waste including 9kg gas bottles, white goods, tyres, metals, water heaters, refrigerators, wood, plastics, chemical drums, roof iron, car parts, electrical goods, car batteries, furniture & asbestos sheeting were buried in this same area. Passing large quantities of water through this waste raises the risk that contaminants such as heavy metals, toxic chemicals & asbestos fibres may leach out into the water and seep down into the aquifer below. The problem is: The aquifer provides a source for bore water that is used by the Water Corporation to supplement the local scheme water tanks supplying local residents. (Ref:Page 22 2.5.3) We originally directed this link to the document on the City of Mandurah website - but look where it goes now! - Original link to document Residential bores also take a supply from this aquifer for use as irrigation for fruit & vegetables & animal watering.
Photo from 1997 showing the waste dumped on this site. This is the site of the proposed spray field in reserve 24198.
Area of proposed spray field
Existing septage plant area

The Area in Question

Hard waste deposited in reserve 24198 – 1997. Looking north along east side of pit. The gap to putrescibles in the top of frame was all filled in with the same hard waste then eventually covered with crushed limestone. This is the site of the proposed spray field in reserve 24198. Photos reproduced with permission of Ron Glasson

Local Press Coverage

Coastal Times have published a story on our campaign:

Read Some of the comments

received so far

Below are a selection of comments received from locals via our Lets Campaign submission form. To get your voice heard, complete the form above and register your views with us so we can pass them on to the prospective councillors.
“ Land owner with bore I'd drink my bore water. But not if this happens”
“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”
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Summary

We want people to be informed of the facts, aware of the dangers and represented by Councillors who care. A large amount of water is to be sprayed over a site that contains contaminated waste (see photos) The spray site is over land reserved for ‘camping & recreation’ The site is on Tamala Limestone that is very porous & is above the aquifers Water from the aquifers is used to supplement residents drinking water & provide bore water for gardening and animal watering These are facts backed by documentation not speculation, good idea? we think not - what do you think?

New Developments - 28th April 2019

Bouvard Coast Care have received a letter from the Department of Water and Environment Regulation informing us of a new proposal for Tims Thicket. ‘Bouvard Coast Care Group has previously raised concerns regarding the potential for groundwater contamination at the proposed irrigation area and the land use of the site. The City of Mandurah has considered the public concerns raised and amended the proposal to minimise the risk to environment. The City of Mandurah has now submitted its change to proposal under section 43a of the Environmental Protection Act 1986, and this document was advertised for a seven-day public comment period between 20 and 26 March 2019. EPA Services notes that you have not provided comments during the seven-day public comment period. EPA Services notes the Bouvard Coast Care Group’s interest in the proposal, and invites you to comment on the application. Could you please provide any comments by Wednesday 10 April 2019 by email. If you missed this important seven-day public comment period, you can read the new proposal below then let us know what you think!
Now that the Public Comment period has passed, the EPA will only accept a single reply from Bouvard Coast Care which we have now submitted. Read the proposal as a PDF Visit the EPA page: Tim's Thicket Liquid Waste Facility Upgrade Please note that for some reason, the link to the document on the EPA page s43A Change to Proposal does not work. You can find the document by clicking on 1.Referral at the bottom of the page and looking under Referral Documentation. Alternatively use the direct link above.
The Amended Proposal
The Original Proposal
Mandurah’s Dirty Secret Exposed
Watch a Facebook video produced & presented by James Yates - candidate for Coastal Ward Mandurah covering the issues at Tims Thicket with Mel Horton - Chairperson of Bouvard Coast Care Group. WATCH THE VIDEO

BOUVARD COAST CARE NEEDS

YOU NOW!

The EPA have made a decision to allow the City of Mandurah’s (CoM) proposal to reinstate the septage site at Tim’s Thicket and remove the Ministerial Statement 375 by which they are currently bound. We need to appeal this decision (EPA REPORT 1657 ) and have been given only until 10th December to encourage you to lodge your own appeal. For appeals under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to be accepted, they must: be in writing ; clearly identify the matter or decision being appealed; be accompanied by the correct appeal fee ($10); https://www.bpoint.com.au/pay/dower.sf/?BillerC ode=1586296 be signed by the appellant; be lodged within the time limit for that type of appeal. be sent to the Minister for Environment via email to admin@appealsconvenor.wa.gov.au The appeal will also need to clearly set out the grounds which establish why the decision being appealed against was wrong or should be changed. This should ideally include an indication as to what measures should be put in place to make the proposal environmentally acceptable and be lodged within the time limit for that type of appeal. Your appeal need to highlight the following objections: Have you been consulted in any way on this issue by the City of Mandurah? – IF NOT SAY SO! Nothing in the local paper No public meetings No letters to residents/ratepayers No notifications or discussions, as promised, with Bouvard Coastcare after 2017 meetings Deliberate intent to deceive by CoM Works department who submitted the current proposal immediately after the closure date of public submissions to Mandurah Matters Even the Mayor wasn’t told about this submission!! Have you seen this on the EPA Consultation Hub? - IF NOT SAY SO! Were you one of the 24 previous EPA submissions Apr 2017 that requested a public consultation but were denied? Were you notified about the appeal period in Mar 2019? Were you notified about this current appeal period? https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/ - No consultation appears for the current Proposal? Are you subscribed to the epa consultation hub – have you had any notifications from the EPA? Do you agree to the removal of protections afforded by Ministerial Statement 375? - IF NOT SAY SO! Without MS375 City of Mandurah can: Open a full waste site at Tim’s Thicket Stockpile waste Increase the fire risk from additional activities No adjacent reserve management plans required No enforcement of specified MS375 reserve usage change to Conservation & Passive Recreation Are you happy about the lack of environmental concern? – IF NOT SAY SO! 13 years of ignoring contamination of the ground water! Loss of public drinking source – local Water Corp. bore since disconnected after concerned citizens raised the alarm of groundwater contamination! No public health warning for swimmers/surfers/fishermen when faecal levels were above the limits No environmental studies carried out No consideration given to 4 adjacent wetlands, 2 endangered habitats or 4 endangered species, including peacock spiders only found at Tim’s Thicket You have until 10th December to lodge your appeal! - help us save the environment, please lodge it now! For more information contact the BCG Secretary
Tims Thicket - An Inconvenient Truth