NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley has visited the proposed site of a potentially deadly toxic incinerator at Eastern Creek, for the first time. He was joined by the Shadow Assistant Minister for Western Sydney, Prue Car and Labor’s candidate for Mulgoa, Todd Carney.

Mr Foley also met with the No Incinerator for Western Sydney action group, to discuss the impact the proposed energy-from-waste incinerator will have on Western Sydney.

Residents in Western Sydney will be exposed to potentially deadly pollution from this plant if the proposal by Dial-A-Dump is allowed to go ahead.

The controversial proposal by a Liberal party donor is currently going through the NSW Planning system.

If approved, the incinerator will burn through 552,000 tonnes of waste per year which could be doubled to over 1 million tonnes per year if all stages are approved.

The Environmental Protection Authority and NSW Health do not support the current proposal.

Member for Blacktown, Stephen Bali, has introduced a private member’s bill into State Parliament which proposes a moratorium on any other proposed energy-from-waste incinerators until further research can be conducted and technology is better regulated within the planning system.

NSW Labor has already tabled in State Parliament a petition of more than 12,000 signatures of residents in Western Sydney whose homes, schools and businesses will be directly affected by the incinerator.

The petition will force a debate in NSW Parliament.

While Labor MPs across Western Sydney stand with the community to oppose the plan, local Member Tanya Davies has failed to clearly say what she would do to stop the project and protect local residents.

Mr Foley’s visit to Eastern Creek was part of the ‘Schools and Hospitals before Stadiums’ bus tour which includes 20 seats across NSW including Tweed, Barwon, Myall Lakes, Bega, Ryde and Sydney.

The tour gives Mr Foley the opportunity to talk to local communities directly about the NSW Government’s failed stadium policy, where they are investing $2.7 billion into the wrong priorities.

NSW Labor will always put schools and hospitals first.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“NSW Labor shares the concerns of people in Western Sydney who will be directly affected by this overwhelmingly unpopular incinerator. This bill would protect them.

“Why should people be forced to endure toxic pollution from this potentially deadly plant because of their post code? This government would never enforce it on the homes, schools and shops across the North Shore.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Assistant Minister for Western Sydney Prue Car

“We’ve been forced to collect thousands of signatures because Tanya Davies refuses to stand up for her community.

“Western Sydney has spoken. We will not be a dumping ground, and we demand the Government respect that mandate."

Quotes attributable to Labor candidate for Mulgoa Todd Carney

“It is time the NSW Government listens to the concerns people who will have to breathe in these toxic fumes on a daily basis- this bill along with the petition should be enough indication for them to dump it.

“The energy from waste proposal has no support to proceed except from the Berejiklian Government.”