Calls for council to lead debate
Cr Girotto says the public needs to know about incinerator plan
PENRITH Council needs to hold a residents’ forum about the health risks of a power plant and incinerator proposed for Eastern Creek.
Councillor Maurice Girotto has called for the council to pick up the baton from Blacktown Council and start informing people about the risks of what has been dubbed “the world’s largest incinerator”.
At the last council meeting Cr Girotto asked the council to do more than send letter to residents and hold forums in the east of the local government area.
“Council said ‘we’ve sent two letters’ but that’s not good enough,” Cr Girotto said.
“We need to be proactive about letting our residents know what is going on.
“The people of Colyton, St Clair, Erskine Park, St Marys, North St Marys, and Oxley Park need to know that a few kilometres away there could be a toxic incinerator burning off industrial waste.”
Cr Girotto said the incinerator would burn industrial waste and the information he’d seen emphasised as “crazy” the prospect of approving the development in the Sydney basin.
“We already have high rates of heart disease, diabetes and lung disease when you start working west of Homebush – when you compare it to the east of Sydney,” he said.
“They’re quite happy to dump things in Western Sydney and say ‘look at the jobs you’re going to get’ – what, health care and funeral services?”
Cr Girotto suggested the fact Penrith and Blacktown mayors were both Labor councillors should make coordinating forums easy.
“I’m sorry, but pollution doesn’t recognise borders of local government areas; it’s just going to waft all over the basin,” Cr Girotto said.
“Throw in that we’ll probably, might, get an airport ... we’re going to have smoke pollution and noise.”
He said if Blacktown could hold forums to educate the public then Penrith Council could join in and organise some.
“Blacktown Council can take it on and inform the people of their LGA, why can’t we be proactive and join in with them and get our people the information about what’s going on?” Cr Girotto said.
“What is this Western Sydney basin going to look like in 20 to 30 years time?”
... look at the jobs you’re going to get – what, health care and funeral services? Cr Maurice Girotto
Cr Maurice Girotto is concerned about plans for a large incinerator at Eastern Creek and (below) an artist’s impression of the proposed energyfrom-waste facility .