Beacon Rd residents angry about heavy truck proposal

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Some Lancelin residents have raised concerns about a Shire of Gingin proposal to have heavy vehicles continue north off the built section of Beacon Rd to a mining tenement.

SOME Lancelin residents are angry the Shire of Gingin wants to allow heavy trucks to continue all the way along Beacon Rd to a mining tenement and that ratepayers will have to contribute some of the cost of works so the road can accommodate the vehicles.

Beacon Rd residents have raised concerns about the proposal’s lack of detail about noise pollution, hours of operation and traffic management, including heavy trucks going past the primary school.

They also said the proposal raised amenity and environmental issues for residents.

There is also some confusion about which roads the heavy vehicles, which Yanchep News Online understands can carry 50 tonnes of lime sand, are allowed to travel on.

The Shire of Gingin road transport heavy haulage policy 7.6 (adopted April 2015) said permits would not be issued for the operation of restricted access vehicles (RAVs) on Lancelin streets except for a special permit for mining tenement M70/54 for the use of extra mass vehicles to cart lime sand.

The policy said extra mass vehicles were not to use Gingin Rd and were restricted to a route consisting of Beacon Rd, Bootoo St, Cockram St, Collins Way, Kendall Rd and Walker Ave.

Main Roads WA said it had not issued a permit for restricted access vehicles (RAVs) to use Lancelin streets (Beacon Rd, Bootoo St, Cockram St, Collins Way, Kendall Rd and Walker Ave) for extra mass vehicles to cart lime sand from mining tenement M70/54.

But a Main Roads WA spokeswoman said Walker Ave, Kendall Rd and Cockram St were approved for RAV Network 4 (27.5m) access.

In a letter – dated December 18 – sent to some residents the shire said it was dealing with the problem of heavy vehicles accessing the mining tenement near the lead lights in the north end of the Lancelin off road vehicle area (LORVA) and mingling with tourist and local small traffic.

Currently heavy vehicles use the main access off Beacon Rd (opposite Desert Rd) and traverse the existing tracks north to the mining tenement.

“This creates a very real risk to everyone using the LORVA, the letter said.

“To mitigate the risk the shire has been working with the tenement owner/operator to look at ways to mitigate the risk.

“The proposed solution is to remove the heavy vehicles from the main LORVA access and instead have the heavy vehicles continue north off the northern extent of the built section of Beacon Rd to the mining tenement.’’

The proposed works include strengthening the existing northern track for the use of heavy vehicles including the installation of a limestone running surface, a little cut and fill from the high and low points to flatten the track, installation of gates and fencing at the northern end of the existing bitumen to stop unauthorised vehicle access and installation of signage at both ends of the track advising it is for heavy vehicle use only.

The letter said the cost of the proposed works would be borne predominately by the tenement owner/operator and that the works were proposed to start in mid-January.

This morning the Shire of Gingin said the heavy vehicles were RAV Network 4 and  the policy restricting RAVs to a route consisting of Beacon Rd, Bootoo St, Cockram St, Collins Way, Kendall Rd and Walker Ave had been implemented and been in effect prior to 2015.

The shire’s media response said the proposal to have heavy vehicles travel north off the northern extent of the built section of Beacon Rd to mining tenement 70/54 did not need to go before the council as it was dealt with by delegation as per council policy 7.6.

Yanchep News Online asked what the width of the northern built section of Beacon Rd was and if that the same width as Bootoo St, Cockram St, Collins Way, Kendall Rd and Walker Ave.

“No, this is single lane to reduce environmental impacts and will be managed by the operator to ensure that no conflict of heavy vehicles occur,’’ the media response said.

A 40km/h speed limit applies to RAVs on Beacon Rd, Bootoo St, Cockram St, Collins Way, Kendall Rd and Walker Ave.

The WALGA Policy for assessing applications to operate restricted access vehicles (RAV) on local government roads says RAV access on local roads will generally be supported provided there is adequate community consultation and access conditions applied to limit RAV access to local operators.

Yanchep News Online asked if there would be other community consultation apart from the letters sent to 12 residents.

The media response said the assessing applications to operate restricted access vehicles (RAV) on local government roads policy was WALGA’s – not the shire’s.

“Access conditions have been applied to the RAV approval to limit access to local operators only,’’ the media response said.

“This operator has been operating on the existing route (Beacon Rd, Bootoo St, Cockram St, Collins Way, Kendall Rd and Walker Ave) for a number of years with minimal impact.’’

In April 2015 when Dala Transport requested the permit for three prime movers and the trailers and converter dollies be transferred to Candeloro Farms they said the new owners would not be running a commercial business but that four loads of lime sand a day would go out every week day from about mid-January to mid-April.

The shire said Candeloro’s only used the lime sand for their own personal use.

“The time of year for operation is determined by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS),’’ the media response said.

“However, that is the time of year they operate.

“In 2020 the mining operator only transported 58 tonnes of lime sand from this tenement (for the entire year).’’