Res­i­dent claims tip can­not be stopped

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

COM­MU­NITY con­sul­ta­tion on Ersk­ine Park’s pro­posed waste-trans­fer fa­cil­ity has been slammed by a res­i­dent who be­lieves the project is “go­ing to go ahead”.

The fa­cil­ity has met with sig­nif­i­cant op­po­si­tion from the com­mu­nity and the top is­sues raised were the po­ten­tial odour, in­creased traf­fic and san­i­ta­tion.

Only three peo­ple turned up for the fi­nal com­mu­nity meet­ing which the Plan­ning As­sess­ment Com­mis­sion or­gan­ised for 2.30pm on Wed­nes­day – a time when peo­ple are of­ten at work or pick­ing up chil­dren up from school.

A PAC spokes­woman said while the at­ten­dance was low the meet­ing was in­sight­ful, but Ersk­ine Park res­i­dent Rafael Perez said res­i­dents were tired of be­ing ig­nored.

“I think it was de­signed so that peo­ple couldn’t turn up but the com­mis­sion can still say ‘we had com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion’,” Mr Perez said.

“They (EPA, PAC, coun­cil) have done noth­ing.

“The peo­ple are frus­trated. They said they would take the is­sues into con­sid­er­a­tion, but we’ve heard all that be­fore … it’s go­ing to go ahead.”

The PAC spokes­woman said she hoped a fi­nal re­port “will be ready in weeks rather than months”.

The tip plan has been op­posed.

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