Calls for coun­cil to lead de­bate

Cr Girotto says the pub­lic needs to know about incin­er­a­tor plan

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

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

Main pic­ture: Justin San­son

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 .

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