MPs ROBERTS & DOMINELLO MUST ACT NOW!
BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMAN
THE RADIO ACTIVE waste at Nelson Parade in Hunters Hill could be removed within weeks if our local MPs had the will to do it according to former Hunters Hill Mayor Richard Quinn.
Mr Quinn has told The
Weekly Times he has repeatedly – but unsuccessfully – called on Ryde MP and
Finance Minister Victor Dominello and Lane Cove MP and Planning Minister
Anthony Roberts to stand up for the community and get the site cleaned up as a
matter of urgency.
“The contaminated site is
owned by Property NSW which comes under Victor Dominello’s portfolio and
signing off on the removal is the responsibility of Anthony Roberts as Planning
Minister,” Mr Quinn said.
“This site was supposed
to have been cleaned up many years ago and where it has been held up is in the
signing off and that is all that’s holding this up.”
Mr Quinn said the waste
had been earmarked to go to a licensed and approved site at Kemp’s Creek but
the government balked at the option because Kemps Creek resident’s objected to
“silvertails from Hunters Hill” dumping their waste out west.
“The former Minister
Andrew Constance pulled the plug on it because Kemps Creek is in a marginal
seat,” he said.
“The only thing stopping
this waste being removed is the political will to do it.”
Mr Quinn said there is
strong anecdotal evidence to show that property values in and around Nelson
Parade have dropped significantly due to the contamination, on top of residents
concerns about health risks and waste flowing into the Parramatta River.
“I’ve heard that houses
on the market are unable to be sold because when potential buyers do research
on Google what pops up is Nelson Parade’s radio active contamination,” he said.
“And this issue also
impacts on everyone living in the Ryde and Lane Cove electorates because when
you have heavy rain all the contamination from Nelson Parade, not just the
radio active contamination, runs down into the Parramatta River.”
Inquiries by The Weekly
Times confirmed the radioactive waste can fit into a few small, sealed drums
and that it could be stored at any hospital radioactive waste vault.
“Lidcombe Hospital, for
example has a storage facility and all the government needs to do is sift the
contamination and store it, it is a normal practice and what we’re saying to
our local MPs is get it done,” Mr Quinn said.
The history of the radio
active waste at Kemps Creek goes back more than 100 years, when an industrial
site was located there.
“This has gone on too
long, with previous Labor governments failing to doing anything about it and I
stress, again, all that is stopping this waste being removed is a political
will to do it, ” he said.
Mr Quinn declined to
comment on Lane Cove and Ryde being marginal seats and the potential political damage for
Mr Roberts and Mr Dominello.
NOTE: A PUBLIC MEETING IS
BEING HELD IN HUNTERS HILL TOWN HALL
NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT AT 7PM. ALL ARE INVITED.
Former Hunters Hill Mayor
Richard Quinn: “The contaminated site is owned by Property NSW which comes
under Victor Dominello’s portfolio and signing off on the removal is the
responsibility of Anthony Roberts as Planning Minister”