Plans for another petrol station on the banks of the Vasse River Wetlands are one step closer to reality as the project gains planning approval despite community disapproval. The Join Development Assessment Panel last week voted to give planning approval for the $2.08 million project which will see a 24-hour service station and drive-through built on lot 16 West street. The site is adjacent the Vasse River Wetlands and on the same road as another petrol station, approved for development only six months ago. With planning approval granted, the project will now be placed in the hands of the City of Busselton. Busselton City manager development services Lee Reddell told the Times the project could still be halted, if requirements were not met at a local government level. “Should the applicant choose to go ahead with the approved development, (they) have a number of conditions that they will need to satisfy prior to the commencement of works,” she said. “The development created a lot of community interest, the main concerns raised by the community related to traffic management, congestion and, in particular, impact on the environment. “As identified in the City’s recommendation to the JDAP, the relevant State Government agencies indicated that the proposed service station could be suitably designed and managed to prevent any adverse impact on the environment and, as such, the proposal was supported by the City. “Any ‘prior to commencement of works’ conditions require the applicant to work through the issues and provide detailed plans/responses to the City for review and approval before a building permit will be issued.” Since the plan’s public consultation period in April, community members have spoken out against the proposition, with just 74 of the 252 submissions in support of the project. Local resident Craig Sisson aired his grievance towards the proposal to the JDP believing the protected wetlands made the project a Federal issue. “The Vasse-Wonnerup system is identified as a Wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention,” he said. “I would submit that the fact that the waterway adjacent to the proposed site is contiguous with the Ramsar listed Vasse-Wonnerup system means that the project should be referred to the Federal EPA.” Despite concerns the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction and Department of Water and Environmental Regulation found the project satisfied the environmental approval requirements.