In response to a question by NSW Greens MP and Spokesperson for the Environment, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC during Budget Estimates, Western Sydney Minister Stuart Ayres stated that he does not support the proposed Western Sydney incinerator, marking a huge setback for the proponent.
The Greens stand with the community and are opposed to the incinerator, which could spew toxic gases just a few hundred metres from resident’s home. They are also concerned about the impact the incinerator will have on recycling rates and waste reduction.
Minister Ayres is also the Member for Penrith, which will be affected by the proposal.
Dr Faruqi said:
“It’s taken a while, but I welcome the Minister for Western Sydney coming out against this toxic proposal. Western Sydney shouldn’t be where the rest of Sydney’s rubbish is burnt.
“Being the Minister for Western Sydney means Minister Ayres has an obligation to protect community health, so he should be actively lobbying against the proposal. I welcome his words but I want to see him take some action to protect his community.
“Western Sydney already has poor air quality and this proposal would only add to that. The Health Department sees it, the environment watchdog sees it, the community sees it and even the Minister for Western sees it. This proposal has to be withdrawn.
“I call on the Premier to intervene and meet the community to hear their concerns directly” she concluded.
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