Camden Council joins fight against Smeaton Grange waste plan

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Camden Council will oppose the proposed waste transfer station at Smeaton Grange.
Mayor Lara Symkowiak says Camden Council will oppose the proposed waste transfer station at Smeaton Grange.

Camden Council will make a submission to the state government opposing a development application (DA) to construct and operate a waste transfer facility at Smeaton Grange.

The $2.5 million proposal has triggered concerns from nearby Currans Hill residents about noise pollution, odour, traffic and air quality.

Councillors have now endorsed a submission to the NSW Department of Planning & Environment expressing their strong concern about the proposal.

Mayor Lara Symkowiak, said: “Council is committed to backing our residents.

“Noise pollution is a matter we take very seriously.

“The proposal for the facility to accept waste on a 24 hour basis is inappropriate, given little information was provided on the acoustic impact the facility’s operations would have on nearby residential properties, most especially at night.

[social_quote duplicate=”no” align=”default”]“Council also recognises the concerns residents might have about odour and air quality.[/social_quote]

“We are dedicated to ensuring that all developments adhere to Australian guidelines. “The developer based their odour analysis on United States figures, rather than Australian guidelines, which council cannot accept,’’ the mayor said.

Residents across Camden want their area to be a place that meets aesthetic standards, the mayor added.

“The proposed fencing for the facility is inconsistent with other industrial development within Smeaton Grange and Council concludes that such fencing would have a negative visual impact,’’ she said.

As the proposal is classed as a state significant development, the NSW Minister for Planning will determine the application.

More details about the proposal can be found online here.


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