Council against recycling plant

Smeaton Grange.
Smeaton Grange.

Camden Council publicly declared its opposition to a proposed recycling plant in Smeaton Grange at this week’s council meeting.

The proposed Benedict Recycling resource recovery facility is on public exhibition for community feedback until August 26.

The site would process up to 140,000 tonnes per year of non-putrescible waste, including building materials, papers and garden waste.

A resident group in neighbouring Currans Hill has been vocal in its opposition to the plant, citing noise and smell as major issues if the development were to go ahead and Camden MP Chris Patterson also has issue with the proposal “as it stands”.

While the final approval for the site lies with the NSW Planning and Environment Department, council moved Cr Theresa Fedeli’s notice of motion to bring forward a report for its August 9 meeting “strongly objecting” to the facility.

Each of the councillors intend to write an individual submission to the department opposing the development.

Resident group spokeswoman Chris Harris was pleased with the turn out at the council meeting.

“It was great to see so many residents attend the council meeting on Tuesday,” she said.

“We do hope that council will support residents by also submitting their objection to NSW Department of Planning and Environment. 

“We understand the request to have a report prepared for council will assist in councillors making a fair decision. 

“Residents plan to attend the meeting on August 9.”