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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) 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.
Download a leaflet (PDF) for our Tims Thicket Campaign & pass them to your friends & neighbours so they can help us in our campaign!
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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”
Contact your Councillor (Lets make our voices heard! ) If you think the  Tims Thicket proposal should be scrapped, now is your chance to have your say. Email, call or speak to your local councillor and make your views known, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Here are the contact details of Mandurah councillors - Go on, make that call!  
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your New Councillor (Prospective Councillors) Elections for the City of Mandurah Councillors are due soon, if your existing councillor can’t help, why not contact one of those looking for a role and see if they will represent your views. You’ll find the candidate backgrounds below, why not give them a call!  
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“ 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.”

Campaign News

The City of Mandurah Council Elections are now complete. It just goes to show that your vote does count, we have a great new Mayor and three new Councillors who have actively supported our views throughout this campaign. Most importantly, the Coastal Ward Candidate, Merv Darcy, who said “ We must remember that the Council is here to serve the community, not the other way round Bouvard Coast Care would like to congratulate all the newly elected Councillors & wish them well in their four year term. Some of the issues you considered: Mayoral candidate Marina Vergone – Instead of considering the issue, Mayor Vergone has simply stated that we have not got our facts right and that we are spreading ‘damaging propaganda’. BCCG has invited her to peruse the Tims Timeline document here on our website, where all our statements are backed up by factual documents from the public arena, and informed her that we’d be happy to apologise and correct any misinformation. It’s no surprise that we have not heard back from her! Coastal Ward candidate Shannon Lawson – On her resume Cllr Lawson states that she is the chairperson of the Mandurah Coast Care Advisory Group. This statement is factually correct but in our view it’s misleading as you are being led to believe that she is an active member of the group when in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Cllr Lawson has attended only 2 meetings, (in early 2016), and hasn’t been seen since in the last two years and incredibly,  for most meetings she hasn’t even sent her apologies.  As the MCCAG co-ordinator for BCCG, our chairperson Mel Horton tried to contact her a number of times on Coastcare issues but never received a reply! Here are Council candidates who have stood up and supported our campaign  (see some their comments at the end of the page) Mayoral Candidate RHYS WILLIAMS – Rhys has been with us from the start of our campaign. How did he find out about us? From his 1000 cups of tea tour of Mandurah and it’s fair to say that BCCG members rather descended on him at the Melros verge tea party!  His first question was why didn’t he know about the issue and we all know the answer to that one – however now we all know and Rhys has stated that he is committed to sorting this issue out and giving our concerns top priority. Coastal Ward Candidate (1) – Well this is a tricky one, sadly we have TWO excellent candidates and only ONE SEAT.  Candidates are in alphabetical order: MERV DARCY who picked up this issue as soon as we went public and who, as most of the Dawesville residents know, has taken the time to visit many residents  and ask us directly for our opinions. He also already has the background in what an environmental disaster can do to people and families. KAREN WHITING who specifically asked for a face to face meeting with our chairperson Mel Horton to get a clear understanding of the issues and has been raising very pertinent questions ever since. East Ward Candidates (2) - Candidates are in alphabetical order: DARREN LEE says “The Bouvard Coast Care Group have brought important issues to our notice as councillors. It is important that all relevant information is prevailed upon us before making informed decisions for the betterment of our fragile environment. As a councillor, we need to ensure that stringent governance procedures are in place to ensure that this process and transparency occurs.” LYNN ROGERS says “We have to preserve the environment and we have to do everything we can to protect it. As councillors we are the caretakers of the environment for future generations and we must ensure that we are fully informed when being asked to make important decisions that affect it.” Town Ward Candidates (2) - Candidates are in alphabetical order: JANE FIELD says “Thank you for your email raising your genuine concerns. I would first like to thank the committee and volunteers for the amazing work you do. In light of your opinions I am meeting with the relevant officers and looking forward to the outcome from the stringent EPA report due. Hope to share some positive news”. DON PEMBER says “Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Tim's Thicket Waste Facility. I would support the closure of this site if there has been compliance issues and a threat to our environment”. North Ward Candidate (1) – MARION BLAIR says “I have to be honest, I haven’t had time to get to grips with the Tims Thicket situation, however I am aware of issues with the sand pits in Herron. Both these issues highlight the absolute need for the City of Mandurah to have compliance officers to monitor the operations of these sites. Being reactive is not an option, we must be proactive here.” Have a question for us? email secretary@bouvardcoastcare.org.au or visit our FaceBook page and let us know what you think.  
 THE PROPOSAL   |    THE AREA    |    WE NEED YOUR HELP    |    TIMS TIMELINE    |    YOUR COMMENTS    |    PRESS    |    YOUR POLITICIANS    |    SUMMARY

Your Politicians

We believe residents should be Informed, Aware, Represented so we are reaching out to our local, state and federal representatives to give us their views on this situation and express their support for our campaign. We’ll publish their comments & letters of support here so you can decide if they are representing your interests as they should.
“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.”

Rhys Williams - Mayoral Candidate   Email: rhys@electrhys.com.au 

“I left your AGM the other day feeling really inspired. I love seeing community groups doing big things - it's actually one of the main reasons I'm standing for mayor... because we have to make it easier for volunteers to do what they're passionate about. Congratulations on all your coordination and hard work. If I'm successful, I want to look at commercial opportunities for the waste that is currently being treated at Tims Thicket. This will mean that I'm probably more in favour of a medium-term closure, but revoking the application for the extended [septage] license”

Merv Darcy - Coastal Ward Candidate   Email: mjdarcy30@bigpond.com 

“Should I be elected as Councillor for the Coastal Ward, I would totally support and immediately withdraw the licence application to upgrade the liquid waste facility and to commit to the full closure of the site as soon as practically possible. As past practices have shown landfill operations have contaminated ground water with heavy metals and toxic chemicals. I might add these sites did not have large quantities of water passing through them as Tim’s Thicket Waste facility will have. We were once told Wittenoom and the tailings from the mine were safe. However we now know the dangers after many deaths, of which I sadly have first- hand experience from handling the workers compensation claims. Most worryingly to me, its clear from the responses that the community hasn’t been consulted or informed. We must remember that the council is here to serve the community and not the other way around. I am absolutely astounded by the comments of those in support of the proposed spraying irrigation on the old landfill site at Tims Thicket. Throughout my campaign I have spoken with a number of residence in the coastal ward  who have voiced their strong  opposition to the proposed spraying irrigation on to the old landfill site at TIMS Thicket and the risks associated with such a process . One only has to be aware of the problems that occurred in Busselton in which some residential bores were contaminated, and their bore water exceeded public health criteria for drinking water and in some cases, garden irrigation. Also there was  similar problems connected to the Melville wast disposal site in Leeming.  SOLUTION This irrigation water should be collected and used to water street tree, parks and gardens and not irrigated on to an old land fill site and then elevate any risk.“

Karen Whiting - Coastal Ward Candidate   Email: kwhiting@libertynetwork.com.au 

"I was recently made aware of the issues surrounding the waste facility at Tim's Thicket and after spending time with the delightful and passionate chairperson Mel Horton, I have committed to become totally involved whether I am elected or not. I am more than shocked at the lack of consultation with the community. I am equally impressed by the small band of passionate volunteers who have put in numerous hours of work and research into this complex and potentially hazardous proposal (if the damage has not already been done) and their investigation has uncovered many questions that require further investigation.  I call for an immediate halt to all proposals and work at this site until full disclosure is given to the EPA and DWER for consideration of all licences. I encourage all residents of Mandurah and it's surrounding suburbs to sign up in public support so that the answers may be forthcoming. "

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?

Kerry Ridleys - Town Ward Candidate   Email: kerry.ridley@yahoo.com 

“Thanks for the email and making me aware of the situation. I will read through the information you have provided, so if I am elected I will be able to have a better knowledge of what's happening at tims thicket.”

Peter Jackson - North Ward Candidate   Email: peterjacksonformandurah@gmail.com 

“I’m certain that the passion felt by the parties involved is driven by the hope for an outcome that provides benefits for our community.  I’m encouraged to hear BCCG’s desire to be seen to be open and fair. I’m expecting The City will also adopt that approach. I’m hopeful that together both parties will  be able to clearly understand the concerns, issues, and implications, and come together around good decision-making. I have spoken directly with the City CEO and Director of Works and Services Allan Claydon about this matter. I wish to understand all of the facts before taking a position. It appears at this early stage that there is some mis-information surrounding this issue.  I am currently facilitating an interview with both of them where they can communicate the facts as they know them, to be broadcast on 6mm. Once that’s broadcast it becomes “on-the-record” as such. I will pursue the same opportunity for the other side of the debate.  There is no question that putting people at risk is not an option! Getting all of the facts firstly, and secondly understanding the context correctly to give them meaning is vital to making good decisions. In my view, espousing an opinion before that process is completed is not responsible and doesn’t help in good decision making. If there is a case to answer it will be brought! I suspect this is an issue that will go beyond the timeframe of this election. Regardless, I will be pursuing the truth.”
Letter of support from Zak Kirkup MP Liberal Member for the District of Dawesville. Read the letter
Letter of support from David Templeman - Member for Mandurah. Read the letter
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CANDICE DI PRINZIO - Coast Ward Candidate   Email: candice@diprinzio.com.au 

“If elected, my position will be that if there is any indication of contamination to this area, I will fight against the upgrade. Our environment is too precious to tamper with.”

COLIN PURSLOW - Town Ward Candidate   Email: colinpurslow@westnet.com.au 

“This is the first I've heard of this facility and it defies logic to think that our current elected Councillors would be pursuing this proposal, if all, is as you say. I would like to be kept informed and if elected would push for the licence application to be put on hold, until all the information pertaining to the past use of the site is made public.”
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Tims Thicket - An

Inconvenient

Truth

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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) 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?

Campaign News

The City of Mandurah Council Elections are now complete. It just goes to show that your vote does count, we have a great new Mayor and three new Councillors who have actively supported our views throughout this campaign. Most importantly, the Coastal Ward Candidate, Merv Darcy, who said “ We must remember that the Council is here to serve the community, not the other way round” Bouvard Coast Care would like to congratulate all the newly elected Councillors & wish them well in their four year term. Some of the issues you considered: Mayoral candidate Marina Vergone  Instead of considering the issue, Mayor Vergone has simply stated that we have not got our facts right and that we are spreading ‘damaging propaganda’. BCCG has invited her to peruse the Tims Timeline document here on our website, where all our statements are backed up by factual documents from the public arena, and informed her that we’d be happy to apologise and correct any misinformation. It’s no surprise that we have not heard back from her! Coastal Ward candidate Shannon Lawson  On her resume Cllr Lawson states that she is the chairperson of the Mandurah Coast Care Advisory Group. This statement is factually correct but in our view it’s misleading as you are being led to believe that she is an active member of the group when in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Cllr Lawson has attended only 2 meetings, (in early 2016), and hasn’t been seen since in the last two years and incredibly,  for most meetings she hasn’t even sent her apologies.  As the MCCAG co-ordinator for BCCG, our chairperson Mel Horton tried to contact her a number of times on Coastcare issues but never received a reply! Here are Council candidates who have stood up and supported our campaign  (see some their comments at the end of the page) Mayoral Candidate RHYS WILLIAMS Rhys has been with us from the start of our campaign. How did he find out about us? From his 1000 cups of tea tour of Mandurah and it’s fair to say that BCCG members rather descended on him at the Melros verge tea party!  His first question was why didn’t he know about the issue and we all know the answer to that one – however now we all know and Rhys has stated that he is committed to sorting this issue out and giving our concerns top priority. Coastal Ward Candidate (1) – Well this is a tricky one, sadly we have TWO excellent candidates and only ONE SEAT.  Candidates are in alphabetical order: MERV DARCY who picked up this issue as soon as we went public and who, as most of the Dawesville residents know, has taken the time to visit many residents  and ask us directly for our opinions. He also already has the background in what an environmental disaster can do to people and families. KAREN WHITING who specifically asked for a face to face meeting with our chairperson Mel Horton to get a clear understanding of the issues and has been raising very pertinent questions ever since. East Ward Candidates (2) - Candidates are in alphabetical order: DARREN LEE says “The Bouvard Coast Care Group have brought important issues to our notice as councillors. It is important that all relevant information is prevailed upon us before making informed decisions for the betterment of our fragile environment. As a councillor, we need to ensure that stringent governance procedures are in place to ensure that this process and transparency occurs.” LYNN ROGERS says “We have to preserve the environment and we have to do everything we can to protect it. As councillors we are the caretakers of the environment for future generations and we must ensure that we are fully informed when being asked to make important decisions that affect it.” Town Ward Candidates (2) - Candidates are in alphabetical order: JANE FIELD says “Thank you for your email raising your genuine concerns. I would first like to thank the committee and volunteers for the amazing work you do. In light of your opinions I am meeting with the relevant officers and looking forward to the outcome from the stringent EPA report due. Hope to share some positive news”. DON PEMBER says “Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Tim's Thicket Waste Facility. I would support the closure of this site if there has been compliance issues and a threat to our environment”. North Ward Candidate (1) – MARION BLAIR says “I have to be honest, I haven’t had time to get to grips with the Tims Thicket situation, however I am aware of issues with the sand pits in Herron. Both these issues highlight the absolute need for the City of Mandurah to have compliance officers to monitor the operations of these sites. Being reactive is not an option, we must be proactive here.” Have a question for us? email secretary@bouvardcoastcare.org.au or visit our FaceBook page and let us know what you think.  
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