Thursday, October 27, 2011
Residents betrayed over radioactive waste plan for Kemps Creek
OPPOSITION Leader John Robertson says two Liberals MPs have committed the "ultimate act of betrayal" over plans for a toxic waste dump in their electorate.
Premier Barry O'Farrell has said he doesn't want radioactive waste from a former northern Sydney uranium smelter transported to Kemps Creek in the city's west.
But earlier this week, NSW Finance Minister Greg Pearce ruled out transporting the waste interstate or overseas - leaving Kemps Creek as the only option unless the waste is treated on site in Hunters Hill.
Mr Robertson joined local residents at Kemps Creek today to demand the Government keep an election promise not to dump the waste locally.
He said the MP for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies, and the member for Smithfield, Andrew Rohan, had "committed the ultimate acts of betrayal to their local electorates".
"This is not just another broken promise from Ms Davies and Mr Rohan - this will see 5,000 tonnes of radioactive waste the north shore doesn't want dumped in the backyards of western Sydney residents," he said.
"Tanya Davies and Andrew Rohan have failed western Sydney. Simply saying you don't agree with your own government's decision isn't good enough.
"Ms Davies and Mr Rohan are putting their own political careers above their local electorates, voting with the government."
Prue Guilluame, a local campaigner, said residents felt betrayed.
"After only seven months in government, the Liberals are breaking their biggest promise to the people of western Sydney," she said in a joint statement with Mr Robertson.
"People have a right to raise their families in an area free from this radioactive waste."
On Tuesday, Mr O'Farrell said a decision had not yet been made on where the waste would be dumped.
"Whilst you might all want to jump to conclusions, I encourage you to wait until the decision is made," he said.
Posted by DL at 9:51 PM