Neighbours of a Boranup mine have aired concerns over the amount of trucks accessing the site, saying the volume of traffic it was creating was an “accident waiting to happen”. Local resident Tony Lemon is one of many voices in a chorus of complaints received by the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River in the past 12 months regarding the Caves Road lime pit operated by Optima Lime. Mr Lemon said the South West operation — which was subject to an approval under the shire’s extractive industry policy which is currently under review —was producing far more truck movements than agreed. However, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety as well as the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation have hit back at the claims. Acting resource and environmental compliance executive director Tyler Sujdovic said “the appropriate regulatory approvals” were in place under the Mining Act 1978. “DMIRS monitors compliance at the site to ensure the mine operator conforms with all the relevant regulations and conditions,” Mr Sujdovic said. “Concerns about traffic outside the mining tenement, especially in relation to road safety and traffic noise, fall under the jurisdiction of the Shire and/or Main Roads WA.” However, Shire planning and regulatory services Manager Matt Cuthbert said the local government had no “direct control” over the sand mine. “The volume of traffic on Shire roads is directly attributable to the volume of extraction which has been permitted from the mine by DMIRS,” Mr Cuthbert said. “The Shire has assisted ratepayers in ensuring that any concerns or queries they have are properly addressed by the State agencies responsible for the mine.” Mr Lemon said traffic from the Caves Road site, north of Bushby Road, was an “accident waiting to happen”. In May, Mr Lemon tried recruiting interest among Shire councillors for his plight to little avail, he told the Times. Pit operator Optima Lime did not respond to inquiries.