02:26 pm, Friday 30 March, 2012
AAP reports that German firm Remondis has suggested creating a waste treatment plant on the site at Camellia, near Parramatta. Nonetheless, Unions NSW voted last night for an interim green ban on work on the site. A green ban is a form of strike action due to environmental concerns.
According to a Unions NSW spokesman, the ban would mean that none of the organisation’s 600,000 members will continue to work at the site until asbestos concerns have been addressed.
Meanwhile, NSW Deputy Opposition Leader Linda Burney appealed to Premier Barry O’Farrell to scrap plans for the plant.
“Barry O’Farrell is the last person in Sydney who thinks it’s plausible idea to excavate a former James Hardie asbestos site,” said Ms Burney in a statement on Friday.
“The old James Hardie factory at Camellia is the most contaminated asbestos site in the entire city.”
Mr O’Farrell said he had concerns about the proposal but could not intervene.
“It would be far better used in a safer way for residential purposes than the risks that some have raised about the current proposal,” said Mr O’Farrell.
“But I just want to point out that this application was lodged under the former government’s Part 3A provisions.
“It’s an application that is currently before the independent Planning Assessment Commission.
“It is not an application the state government can intervene on.”