CAMPAIGN UPDATE!

A big THANK YOU! to all our supporters for your donations. And we’ve been planning how to put these to good use!

To find out more just register for the Matraville Precinct meeting tomorrow night, (9 August @ 7pm) where we will be updating residents on what’s happening. Due to Covid the meeting will be on Zoom. You do not need to reside in Matraville to attend!

1. To register click on the link below which will take you to Randwick Council’s registration page.
2. Once registered you will be emailed a unique passcode which you will need to join the meeting.
3. For attendance purposes could all couples pls list both names when registering.
4. Link for registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpd-2uqjMpHtKuWEmkIepyBXg-ul-0H7zn

See you online!
Cheers,
Chris

One thought on “CAMPAIGN UPDATE!

  1. A statement confirming that the Independent candidates oppose the building of an incinerator in Matraville.
    by Cr Noel D’Souza

    “Research is pretty clear that incineration is much less beneficial than recycling in terms of getting that circular flow of resources back into the economy.” “Once you’ve burnt it, it’s gone. You don’t get that resource back.”
    This is why this issue is so important to environmentally conscious people because the incinerator will be burning potentially recyclable materials.
    Plastic, for instance, is primarily made from virgin fossil fuel. Burning plastics for fuel squanders a valuable resource that can be recycled, this view is supported by Rachael Wakefield-Rann from the Institute of Sustainable Energy Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney.

    My friends, burning of plastics, would be really problematic because it would increase our demand for virgin products like oil. Burning waste fuels based on petrochemicals and burning plastics delivered from fossil fuels does not create green energy, it is simply burning fossil fuels in another form. Plastics are made from hydrocarbons just like oil and are more energy dense than coal. Therefore burning plastics rather than recycling plastics is not environmentally friendly and will not decrease our Carbon footprint.

    Another concern for our community as to why we should not build this incinerator in Matraville is that there are no robust regulations to monitor the gases and other pollutants released by these waste to energy incinerators. Although countries like Switzerland strictly monitor and limit the emissions from their incinerators, Our concerns as a community is over whether Australia would do the same.

    Furthermore, there are still very serious concerns about the pollution that would come from an incinerator of the scale that is being proposed. At this stage, we do not have no regulations in place to ensure that the emissions of this incinerator would be captured and monitored. The incinerator being proposed in Matraville would incinerate up to 200,000 tones of rubbish such as plastics, disposable nappies, polystyrene foam, bubble wrap, syringes, medical waste and garden waste waste each year to help power the paper mill to reduce plant operating costs. This is also very concerning. This incinerator is a real threat to air quality and the quality of life for the residents of the South Ward and the people of Sydney generally. The diffused gases and pollutants know no borders and these pollutant gases and irritants like the bush fire smoke and gases will become a health hazard for all.

    Finally, this incinerator should not be built is because it runs counter to the government’s thinking. The government has pledged to, ‘Close the gap’, between the alarming difference in health statics between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia. Putting a waste incinerator next to one of the most densely populated urban indigenous areas is very disturbing as it would threaten the health of our indigenous people.

    The residents are against this waste-to-energy incinerator in this particular location and this should be one of the lowest options and should be the last resort before landfill. Let me conclude by saying, I strongly support, ‘ Reduce Reuse and Recycle.’ And if we all subscribe to this belief then there should be little or no need to build an incinerator to burn waste for energy under the premise that we have no more space in landfills.

    Cr Noel D’Souza

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