Incinerator red-hot topic
Mayor heartened by response to community forums on burning issues of the day
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.