A spokesperson from the Binningup Action Group has targeted MGM Bulk pit manager Craig Carbone, who is also a Harvey shire councillor, likening him to “Clive Palmer”. Gareth Wilkes made a deputation at the Harvey Shire Council briefing session last week, when the infamous pit proposal returned to the council for discussion. The action group is passionately protesting the mining of limestone just 680m from houses in Binningup. Their newest argument is against MGM Bulk’s data collection which is based out of Bunbury. The group believes the data is unrealistic and the company proposing the pit should be made to get new data directly from Binningup before being allowed to proceed. Councillors earlier this year voted down the proposal, however the applicants contested the decision at the State Administrative Tribunal. They also said they could potentially sue the Harvey Shire Council as the pit was initially rejected on unfair grounds. SAT reviewed the case and asked the council to revisit the proposal. Mr Wilkes spoke to councillors on behalf of the Binningup community. “I have to admit, I am somewhat perplexed to find myself back here doing this yet again,” he said. “As far as we can see, nothing has changed. Firstly there is no mention of the shire being a receptor in any plans ... after the Rodgers’ residence the shire owns the land consisting of the golf club, bushfire brigade, basketball courts and country club. You have a responsibility to protect these areas from potential impacts.” Mr Wilkes said the noise levels predicted for the project were expected to exceed the nominated safety levels. He also queried the dust suppression models, claiming the data from Bunbury was not suitable and that new data should be required to be collected from Binningup. He showed councillors photos of dust in Binningup and said dust data needed to be collected in Binningup before the project started, not during the works. “Monitoring after the works have started is like closing the gate after the horse has bolted.” In his closing deputation he targeted Cr Carbone who, along with Cr Tania Jackson, was not present in last week’s briefing session. “Carbone is like the Clive Palmer of Brunswick — a person who wants to litigate and take legal action every time someone doesn’t agree with him,” he said. Cr Carbone, who was commenting as the MGM Bulk pit manager, has previously told the Reporter that he was just doing his job. Councillors will tonight vote on whether to tell SAT they agree or disagree with the pit and the new restrictions put in the proposal.