Monday, 26 February 2018 15:15

Liverpool slams Moorebank plant approval

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Liverpool City Council

The green light has been given to a noisy, dirty concrete crushing plant within 300 metres of homes in Moorebank after the NSW Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal by Liverpool City Council.

Council has been fighting for years against the concrete recycling facility, which was approved by the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said Moorebank was absolutely the wrong place for a concrete recycling plant, located just 300 metres from people’s homes.

“Putting a concrete recycling plant between the Georges River and the new suburb of Georges Fair is environmental vandalism,” Mayor Waller said.

“This decision is a big loss for our residents and it will have far-reaching impacts on the future of the Georges River.

“Council is working to reinvigorate Liverpool’s identity as a river city – but how can we do that with a noisy, dirty concrete recycling facility next to the river and close to a $47 million marina, which was approved in 2016?”

Mayor Waller said Council supports light industry in the local government area – but it needs to be in the right areas.

“We know jobs are important and we have land zoned for industry available in other parts of Liverpool,” she said.

“But Council has always believed that land along the Georges River would be better used for residential and recreational purposes.”

Mayor Waller acknowledged the work of councillors over many years to oppose the plant and support local residents.

“Unfortunately, this is what happens when key planning decisions are taken out of the hands of Council, which is best placed to stand up for the local community,” she said.

“I can’t imagine that it would ever be approved if it was on Sydney Harbour or the Parramatta River, so why have they let it go ahead in Moorebank?

“We are not Sydney’s dumping ground.

“Council calls upon Moorebank Recyclers to consider other, more appropriate uses for the land.”

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