CBH decision a relief for residents

Zach RelphSouth Western Times

CBH Group’s decision not to base a grain receival site in Roelands has been hailed a David verses Goliath-like result by residents who feared it would be built less than 1km from their homes.

The grain handler announced in May it was considering a $9 million facility for Treendale Road to cater for the Bunbury catchment’s increasing grain supply.

The proposal angered nearby residents who cited a lack of consultation and various environmental and health issues for having the site based in close proximity to a residential area.

Resident Tanya Wilmot-Silva, who led the community opposition, deemed the decision a “well-deserved win” and likened it to an underdog victory.

“It’s a damn good win. It would have been a real slap in the face – I’m glad it’s not happening,” Mrs Wilmot-Silva said.

“There were plenty of sleepless nights. We built out here for the lifestyle, not to have an industry built only 1km down the road.

“It’s an absolutely massive win. Everyone is breathing a massive sigh of relief.”

Last week, CBH revealed it would not continue with the proposal to establish the South West’s new 120,000 tonne grain receival site at the Roelands location.

However, general manager of operations David Capper said the group was still exploring possible sites within the Harvey shire to build the facility.

“We are committed to ensuring growers across Western Australia have access to a competitive supply chain, which is why we are seeking to develop a new site in the region,” Mr Capper said.

“Our due diligence process has provided us with more insight into the Roelands site and, as a result, we have decided not to progress with development at this site.

“During the due diligence process we have also been able to investigate other possible solutions that will deliver the same outcomes for our growers.”

Harvey Shire Council planning services manager Simon Hall confirmed CBH had withdrawn its application for the Roelands site.

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