We continue to campaign against the Energy from Waste incinerator proposed in Eastern Creek.
In March 2017 we called on the State Government to reject the proposal outright.
Mayor Stephen Bali said “This is the second time they’ve tried to claim that burning more than one million tonnes of waste is not going to harm the local community, and once again they have failed.”
In our submission it stated that proposal is inconsistent with the zoning objectives and is therefore not capable of being approved.
The proposed plant would be located near the Light Horse interchange of the M4 and M7 motorways at Eastern Creek, adjacent to the suburbs of Minchinbury, Colyton, Rooty Hill, Mount Druitt, Oxley Park, Erskine Park and Arndell Park.
With local State MPs and Councillors, we united with State Opposition Environment spokesperson Penny Sharpe MLC in late March 2017 to call for an urgent Upper House inquiry into energy from waste technology.
At the media briefing Ms Sharpe said there was an urgent need for further research to be carried out on the technology that is proposed to be used.
The public inquiry was announced on 6 April, 2017 by committee chair Christian Democrat Paul Green MLC, with the support of Labor’s Penny Sharpe MLC that Energy from Waste technologies are to be closely scrutinised.
There are currently no EfW plants in Australia and given their potential to cause environmental harm there must be stringent, modern controls for the industry.
Mayor Stephen Bali and representatives of the company wanting to build the EfW plant gave evidence at the public hearing at Rooty Hill RSL on 27 June.
The inquiry continued at the NSW Parliament House on 19 August with Ian Malouf giving evidence.