New South Wales
I have previously objected to this proposal and I continue to object to it.
This proposal has previously been through the authorities and was not permitted to due a number of reasons, including; feedstock, pollution, health risks and noise.
The NSW government have misled the communities affected by this proposal by saying that incinerators for EFW cannot be build in metropolitan Sydney. The fact is these buildings should not be built anywhere. They pose extraordinary risks to the communities where they are built. This is seen in statistics from overseas locations.
I continue to oppose the operation and development of this structure. It is in close proximity to schools, businesses and homes. It is also in close proximity to Sydney’s water supply (prospect reservoir), outdoor venues (Sydney zoo, western Sydney parklands, Sydney Motorsport park etc). These venues are meant to attract usage due to their outdoor and environmental enjoyment, how can they be enjoyed with the health risks associated with a EFW incinerator?
Residents of surrounding suburbs of incinerators overseas have been exposed and show increased cancer rates. As a parent of 3 young children I don’t feel that this building is the right thing for western Sydney. We already have such poor air quality and my children and I experience asthma as it is. This will only exacerbate our illness.
The proponent and their associated businesses (bingo waste) have a proven track record of non compliance and neglect. Most recently (even while they’re trying to push through this application) they’ve been identified as being responsible for an abhorrent stench which has plagued surrounding suburbs for months. They had to spend $1M to “rectify” the issue, which has reappeared and is again being investigated by the EPA. This is just their most recent issue, they’ve had many previous WHS/EPA issues.
How can the community and government trust and expect them to maintain their “standards” in accordance with what is required?
Residents of western Sydney work hard to provide for their families. Personally my wife and I have worked tirelessly to purchase our house in Minchinbury and provide for our family. We’re finally in a financial position which is positive. Building these kinds or structures will diminish the value of our property and our quality of living. It will affect future generations, in that what we’re providing for our children will be affected. It will mean our children won’t be able to enjoy their backyard, parks and playgrounds.
These projects have no place in NSW, metropolitan or regional. To build these structures in the regions is erroneous also, because this is where our food bowl is. The pollutants are proven to be absorbed by animals and crops. To allow these buildings anywhere is ridiculous and future generations will hold the current authorities to task for their failings when they have to deal with the adverse health risks, waste that takes concrete encasing and pollution that you’ve allowed and caused.