Harvey Shire Council will decide tonight whether to approve an application to mine limestone in Binningup. More than 70 protesters gathered outside the council building last week to voice their disapproval for the proposed limestone pit planned for Binningup. The heated debate, which has been going on for five months, was discussed at Tuesday’s Harvey Shire briefing session, where several Binningup residents made deputations against the proposal. Cr Craig Carbone, who is also the MGM pit manager, declared a conflict of interest and left the room. He later questioned why he had to sit out when the meeting was being livestreamed to the public on YouTube “With the deputations that were made tonight, I could watch them on my phone, so we sat there freezing ... and I could watch it all on my phone,” he told president Paul Gillett. The limestone pit would sit 680m from the nearest house, with some residents saying they believe it was “just too close”. Binningup resident Elaine Mathys said she was concerned about the closeness of the mine to her residence. “I built my dream house in Binningup and my house would be one of the closest to the pit,” she said. Sue Sloan said she did not want the proposal to go ahead because it would “ruin our town”. Laurie and Karen Campbell said they were “very much against the pit”. Mr Campbell said the Shire of Harvey could choose to be “on the right side of history” if they voted down the proposal from MGM Bulk and the GM Giacci Family Trust to mine limestone in the area for five years. Deputations ranged from tourism concerns to environmental impact. A decision on whether to proceed with the pit will be made tonight, but the recommendation to the council is to “approve” the application. The debate has also captured the attention of the State Government. Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke said she presented the concerns of residents to Parliament. “I proudly presented the petition supporting the town of Binningup,” Mrs Clarke said. The Liberal candidate for the electorate Michelle Boylan, who is also a Harvey Shire councillor, spoke against the plan. “I do not support the proposed development in Binningup,” Cr Boylan said.