Bunge's Kukerin facility approved

26 Mar, 2015 01:00 AM
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BUNGE has received the go ahead for its second storage facility to be built, after the Dumbleyung Shire Council approved the plan last week.

The Dumbleyung shire approval comes after the West Arthur shire voted to approve a storage facility to be built near Arthur River last month.

The facility in the Dumbleyung shire will be situated on the Dumbleyung-Lake Grace Road, close to Kukerin.

Bunge's application proposed the construction of a new transportable site office, grain sampling and classification building, a 40-metre long weighbridge and associated hut and four new open style grain storage bunkers with a total combined storage capacity of 120,000 tonnes.

The planning application also illustrated a number of proposed additions to the facility in the future, which could include four further grain storage bunkers.

The council noted that any additional elements or expansion would require a separate application to the shire.

Dumbleyung CEO Matthew Gilfellon said while there were some concerns at a council level about the impact the new facility would have on local roads and road safety, the planning application was passed.

Mr Gilfellon said the Shire of Wagin had similar concerns to Dumbleyung, as "trucks would be going down their main street".

"In relation to the Main Roads, there was some concern about flow of traffic going into the facility but council will continue to monitor road safety and do its best to ensure roads stay at a good level," he said.

Mr Gilfellon said, overall, the proposed facility had been welcomed by the community.

"We have had a lot of positive feedback from the community over this and the majority of farmers are all for it and happy to see some competition in the area," he said.

Only three submissions were received on the proposal, including one from Main Roads WA giving its approval to the project.

The WA Grains Group also submitted a submission in favour of the storage facility saying it would "provide welcome competition to the CBH Group which currently has a monopoly in bulk handling throughout the State".

The Wagin shire also made a submission saying that it was not against the facility but "raises concerns regarding traffic safety given the increased volume of truck movements and the winding nature of the road network".

Bunge has said it is hoping to have both sites operating for the 2015-16 harvest.

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Travis King

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