Incin­er­a­tor red-hot topic

Mayor heart­ened by re­sponse to com­mu­nity fo­rums on burn­ing is­sues of the day

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

BLACK­TOWN Mayor Stephen Bali has praised com­mu­nity fo­rums about the pro­posed Badgerys Creek air­port Eastern Creek incin­er­a­tor as “fan­tas­tic.”

Last month the coun­cil em­barked on a run of four pub­lic meet­ings, in­clud­ing at Minch­in­bury and St Marys, and has added more to the list af­ter each was strongly at­tended.

“We held one last night at Pemul­wuy with 70 peo­ple in at­ten­dance and we’ve had some fo­rums with over 100 peo­ple – the Minch­in­bury one, in par­tic­u­lar, was heav­ily en­dorsed,” Cr Bali said.

Cr Bali said peo­ple were “sur­prised by the in­for­ma­tion we’ve pre­sented”.

“Peo­ple are start­ing to think ‘whether you’re for or against the incin­er­a­tor or air­port, there is a lot of work to be done on get­ting work­able pro­pos­als’,” he said.

“This is the world’s largest incin­er­a­tor that can burn al­most twice the resid­ual res­i­den­tial waste in the Syd­ney basin,” Cr Bali said.

“It is in­cor­po­rat­ing all the in­dus­trial waste, com­mer­cial waste and res­i­den­tial waste at ca­pac­ity.”

Cr Bali said the gov­ern­ment’s own plan­ning models needed to be up­dated to con­sider new tech­nol­ogy in the field be­fore eval­u­at­ing the pro­posal.

He plans to con­tinue the open di­a­logue with the com­mu­nity. “Its im­por­tant for coun­cil to be open and trans­par­ent and meet with peo­ple,” Cr Bali said.

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