Community rallies to oppose plant

Resident Diane Miller, opposed to the plant, at the proposed site in Smeaton Grange. Picture: Jess Layt
Resident Diane Miller, opposed to the plant, at the proposed site in Smeaton Grange. Picture: Jess Layt

More than 150 submissions opposed to a proposed recycling facility in Smeaton Grange were lodged during its public exhibition period.

Benedict Recycling’s proposed Smeaton Grange Resource Recovery Facility at 52 Anderson Road was on public exhibition with the NSW Department of Planning from July 14 to August 26.

One-hundred-and-sixty-four public submissions were made during the period – 163 objections and one comment. A further nine submissions were lodged by organisations and government bodies – five objections and four comments.

Currans Hill resident Chris Harris, resident group spokesperson, said the strong public sentiment was a great result.

“We are very pleased that [close to] 170 families formally objected to the proposal along with the support of Camden Council,” she said.

“The response was greater than we expected. When individuals, families, businesses and authorities take the time to register their individual objections to this proposal, it shows it was an important issue.”

Benedict’s Ernest Dupere said the company welcomed the opportunity to respond to the submissions and make amendments.

“Benedict Recycling respects the rights of residents to respond… and looks forward to setting out the measures that will ensure the community is not negatively impacted,” he said. “[We are] confident that this facility, if approved, will become an asset and will be well patronised by the local community to fulfill an important recycling need for our growing region.”

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