0290—SEVEN HILLS WASTE TRANSFER STATION

Mr Anthony Aquilina to the Minister for Planning and Minister for Energy—


Minister
for the Environment representing the Minister for Planning and
Minister for Energy___
(1) Has he received a detailed application from Blacktown City
Council requesting concurrence to refuse the application by the
Waste Management Authority for the construction of a waste transfer
station at Powers Road, Seven Hills?
(2) Has he refused concurrence?
(3) Will he receive an urgent deputation for the Mayor, Alderman and
officials of Blacktown City Council to convey the overwhelming
concern of residents objecting to this proposal?
(4) Will the proposed construction require drastic alterations to
the intersection of Powers Road and Station Road, Seven Hills?
(5) Will the Waste Management Authority be required to pay only 4
per cent of the cost of this reconstruction?
(6) Has he determined that Blacktown City Council will not be
compensated in any way for damage caused to roads by the daily
cartage of hundreds of tonnes of rubbish to and from the station?
(7) Has any provision been made to ameliorate the flood affectation
of the proposed site?
(8) What environmental safeguards have been instituted to prevent
pollution of local creeks following floods?
(9) Will provisions be made for the recycling of paper, glass,
aluminium, iron and steel, and oil?
(10) Will such items for recycling be stored in the open air or
under cover?
(11) What volume of rubbish is it anticipated will be brought to
the station:
(a) Per day?
(b) Per week?
(c) Per month?
(12) How many vehicles and of what tonnage will be visiting the
transfer station each day?
(13) What will be the hours of operation of the station?
(14) Will the station operate on weekends?

Answer—


(1) Yes. The then Minister for Planning received a letter from
Blacktown City Council in late 1990 advising of Council's resolution
to request formal concurrence to Council's refusal of the
application for a waste transfer station at Powers Road, Seven
Hills.
(2) Following consideration of all the information submitted by
Blacktown City Council and the Waste Management Authority, my
colleague, the Minister for Planning and Minister for Energy,
resolved not to approve of Council's refusal of the development
application. However, he agreed to a schedule of conditions being
attached to any consent issued by Council for the waste transfer
station.
(3) The concerns of residents and Council were given full attention
in the consideration of the waste transfer station matter.
Consequently, a deputation to discuss the matter further is
considered to be unnecessary. Furthermore, Blacktown City Council
has not granted consent to the waste transfer station application.
(4) The Traffic Impact Study prepared for the waste transfer station
proposal recognised that at the time of the study, the intersection
of Powers Road and Station Road operated at capacity in weekday
morning peak times. To improve the performance of the intersection
it is considered that it would be necessary to provide additional
lanes such as an exclusive left turn lane into Powers Road together
with a right turn lane from Powers Road into Station Road.
(5) Yes. The Traffic Impact Study forecast that the traffic
attracted by the waste transfer station would only exacerbate the
poor operational level of the intersection to the extent of 6 months
normal traffic growth. Consequently, it was considered that the
Waste Management Authority should only pay a pro rata share of the
cost of upgrading the intersection. Condition 21 of the schedule of
conditions proposed by the Minister for Planning requires the Waste
Management Authority to contribute to Council 4 per cent of the
total cost to Council of providing the additional turning lanes at
the Powers Road/Station Road intersection.
(6) Any traffic generated in the local vicinity to the transfer
station would be more than offset by reductions in traffic using
other routes if the transfer station were not built. In addition the
Waste Management Authority has indicated that the long haul vehicles
will be required to use arterial and subarterial roads where
possible. Consequently, a contribution for maintenance of these
roads is not considered appropriate. A contribution for maintenance
of Powers Road is also not considered appropriate as the road is
already subject to heavy traffic from the adjoining industrial area
and no other industry is levied a contribution for road
maintenance.
(7) Yes. A condition of consent agreed to by the Minister for
Planning requires the Waste Management Authority to enter into an
agreement with the Upper Parramatta River Catchment Trust in
relation to design, supervision, construction and funding of works
(including a contribution proportional to the subject land's
frontage to the realigned channel) necessary to render those parts
of the site to be occupied by buildings and road flood free in the 1
per cent annual exceedance probability (AEP or 100 year) flood. The
agreement is to ensure that the necessary works are undertaken prior
to or concurrently with the construction of the waste transfer
station.
(8) Works undertaken as a result of the abovementioned condition
will render the site flood free. In addition the Minister for
Planning has agreed to the imposition of a condition requiring the
Waste Management Authority to comply with the requirements of the
Upper Parramatta River Catchment Trust including collection and
detention of stormwater, with discharge to be via a trashrack and
geotextile screened gravel filter and the collection of washdown
water and spillage with discharge to the sewer.
(9) Facilities for the recycling of bottles, glass containers,
P.E.T. bottles, paper and cardboard, sump oil, batteries, alumimum
cans and small amounts of scrap metal (i.e., stoves and fridges,
etc.) will be provided as part of the development.
(10) All facilities for recycling, with the exception of those for
scrap metal, will be incorporated within the main transfer station
building. Storage bins for scrap metal will be provided outside the
main transfer station building.
(11) It is anticipated that the following volumes of rubbish will be
handled by the waste transfer station:
(a) 445 tonnes per day on average.
(b) 3,115 tonnes per week.
(c) 12,460 tonnes per month.
(12) It is anticipated that on average approximately 290 vehicles
will visit the waste transfer station per day. On average
approximately 60 per cent of these will be small vehicles with the
remainder being commercial trucks and council trucks.
(13) and (14) A condition of consent agreed to by the Minister for
Planning states that the hours of operation shall not be outside the
following times:
Monday to Friday___6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays___8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*300 ELECTRICITY COUNCILS CUSTOMER SECURITY DEPOSITS___ Mr Rogan asked
the Minister for the Environment representing the Minister for
Planning and Minister for Energy___
(1) Has his attention been drawn to the practice of county councils
to require certain customers to pay security deposits as a
protection for the council against certain renters of premises who
might be classified as "fly-by-nighters" not paying their accounts?
(2) What is the amount of funds held in these accounts?
(3) Is interest paid or refunds made to genuine customers?
(4) If not, why not?

Answer___
(1) Yes.
(2) $92.7 million.
(3) Each council establishes its own policy. Some councils pay
interest (for example: Sydney Electricity). Some councils make
refunds (for example: Illawarra Electricity).
(4) This Government, upon taking office, reviewed the former
Government's policy and decided that each council, as autonomous
business enterprises, may individually decide if security deposits
are required and if so, whether interest will be paid. In February
1990 the Electricity Council approved Guidelines for Security
Deposits, which reflected this decision.
The Guidelines of the Electricity Council state that:
"Customers with a good payment record, upon request, may have their
deposit refunded or credited to their account".
However, each electricity council is free to determine its own
policy in this regard.


Question asked on (session 50-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 6.
Answer received on 24 October 1991 and to be printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 21.