Monday, 26 February 2018 17:16

Incinerator forum fires up Minchinbury

Residents line up to voice their opposition to an Energy from Waste facility proposed for Eastern Creek. Residents line up to voice their opposition to an Energy from Waste facility proposed for Eastern Creek. Blacktown City Council

Blacktown City Council

Hundreds of Western Sydney residents flocked to a Blacktown City Council forum over the weekend to protest against plans to build an Energy from Waste Incinerator (EfWI) at Eastern Creek.

Garbage disposal company Dial a Dump wants to build a EfWI that will eventually burn more than a million tonnes of waste a year – right across the M4 from Minchinbury to Eastern Creek.

“Nobody can say Western Sydney approves of the project when you get a roll up like this,” the Mayor of Blacktown City, Stephen Bali MP said.

“This was our largest community forum in more than two years, with around 450 people coming out on a Saturday to voice their opinion.

“And their opinion is strong: none of them think that burning waste – a medieval solution – is any good.

“No matter how you dress up the modelling, the result is the same: you are simply chucking what you don’t want onto a fire,” he said.

Mayor Bali was backed up by Western Sydney MPs Prue Car (Londonderry), Edmond Atalla (Mount Druitt), Hugh McDermott (Prospect) and federal shadow treasurer Chris Bowen (McMahon).

Councillors from Penrith City Council and Parramatta City council also attended, voicing their opposition to the proposal.

“Noticeably absent were the Western Sydney government MPs, who all had more important things to do,” said Mayor Bali.

“Just like in the NSW parliament, they avoided debate, but to me nothing is more important than protecting the health of Western Sydney.”

The NSW Government – through the Planning Assessment Commission – is in the final stages of gathering material before a decision is made.

“Blacktown City Council has been given until Monday, 5 March to lodge its response, so everyone who lodged an objection or has an opinion about the EfWI needs to get cracking.

“My great concern about this and TNG’s other responses is that the incineration process or technology has not changed, but the theoretical modelling that “predicts” the pollution level has.

“How can we have any faith in the moveable and theoretical numbers when the actual effects of the incinerator’s emissions on nearby residents will be permanent and immoveable?

The “Response to Submissions” report follows the public exhibition of an amended environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Energy from Waste incinerator at Eastern Creek.

“This proposal affects everyone in the local area, so please conduct your own review of TNG’s response, which is on the Department of Planning and Environment’s website:

http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=6236 

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