In­cin­er­a­tor a big risk

Southern Telegraph - - OPINION -

David Rud­man makes an ex­cel­lent point in his let­ter (Waste con­cerns, 20/3), in which he asks whether rig­or­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions had taken place be­fore coun­cil­lors ticked off on the pro­posed in­cin­er­a­tor, and goes on to state that the last thing we need is an­other Point Peron-type fi­asco.

In­ter­est­ingly, the same three coun­cil­lors voted in sup­port of both the re­cent in­cin­er­a­tor and the Point Peron Man­gles Bay Ma­rina pro­posal in 2012, which was ul­ti­mately with­drawn af­ter 10 years of con­stant com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion and with the pro­po­nent be­ing paid around $6 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion from our pub­lic purse.

I be­lieve that it’s our wider com­mu­nity who knows best but they are too of­ten not ad­e­quately con­sulted by the coun­cil at the out­set, which is un­fair given it’s the com­mu­nity who ul­ti­mately bear the bur­den of any poor de­ci­sion mak­ing.

If this in­cin­er­a­tor is built, it will again be the com­mu­nity who will suf­fer or have to pay up. Dawn Jecks Safety Bay

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