Bringelly residents fear their water will no longer be safe to drink if a proposed concrete batching plant is approved.
Building and construction company Boral hopes to build the new facility at 60 Greendale Road, Bringelly beside rural properties and close to Bringelly Public School.
[We’re worried about] dust and cement from the plant falling into our drinking water tanks.
Greendale Road resident Dam Truong said he and other neighbours feared the development would put their health and safety at risk.
“[We’re worried about] dust and cement from the plant falling into our water tanks and contaminating our water as we do not have town water,” he said.
“There will be noise seven days a week affecting the mental health of those closest to the site considering it is rural zone with low background noise.
“This plant is an industrial activity and should only be allowed in an industrial zone, not in a rural zone.”
Mr Truong said residents were also concerned about the safety of Bringelly Public School pupils during pick-up and drop-off times due to increased truck movements passing the school if the development is approved.
“There will be 200 truck movements to and from the site daily, that is an average of one truck every three to four minutes of the day, not counting the regular road traffic,” he said.
“Such truck movement will affect nearby residents’ ability to get in and out of their property safely given that it is in 80km/h zone.”
Camden Council at its last meeting voted to defer its decision on the matter, opting instead to address concerns raised by the residents.
“This is a significant development in the area and we understand Camden Council needs more time to consider all the issues,” Mr Truong said. “We hope the councillors will seriously consider all our concerns before making their decision.”
Councillor Cindy Cagney is opposed to the development.
“The health risks for local residents are extreme,” she said.
“There will be dust and it has to land somewhere – not to mention locals having to breathe it in.
“There is heaps of industrial land around so to me there is no excuse for it to go into a rural area.”
A Boral spokeswoman said the company would not comment on the development application because it was before Camden Council for consideration.