Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali responds to criticism from incinerator proponent Ian Malouf

"It's obvious he has no real arguments to make," Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali claimed incinerator proponent Ian Malouf has resorted to name calling. Picture: Isabella Lettini

"It's obvious he has no real arguments to make," Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali claimed incinerator proponent Ian Malouf has resorted to name calling. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali has rubbished claims he was using “fake news” in the fight against an incinerator at Eastern Creek.

Dial A Dump director Ian Malouf last month claimed Cr Bali and other opponents were misleading the public about the project.

But Cr Bali said it was the proponent who was stretching the truth.

The company has maintained its plant would employ best available technology that would prevent “any harmful release into the air”.

Despite continued resistance in western Sydney, Mr Malouf says councils across Australia have approached Dial A Dump to inquire about energy-from-waste technology.

“We have been approached by a number of councils to address their waste problems. The councils see the advantage of the same technology to minimise this technology to avoid landfilling”, Mr Malouf said.

Ian Malouf has maintained opponents of the project are running a "scare campaign". Picture: Isabella Lettini

Ian Malouf has maintained opponents of the project are running a "scare campaign". Picture: Isabella Lettini

Mr Malouf said the response came after speaking at the 2017 Waste Management Conference.

In a statement he again took aim at opponents of the project, claiming they are “motivated by political gain in Blacktown”.

Cr Bali responded by pointing out the more than 900 formal objections made to the state government against the project.

“Mr Malouf is obviously concerned about the strong public and institutional disapproval for his plan to build and giant waste burning incinerator at Eastern Creek,” she said.

“Instead of arguing the issues, he [Mr Malouf] seems to prefer to play the man – using insults instead of facts.”

Dial A Dump last month quoted a section of NSW Health’s submission to the state government, which stated the plant would “have limited impact on [Western Sydney Local Health District] facilities”.

If his project was so good, so environmentally beneficial, so safe...why is the state’s environmental regulator an objector? - Stephen Bali

Cr Bali said that was “grasping at straws”, considering NSW Health – and the Environmental Protection Authority –  ultimately opposed the project.

“If [the] project was so good, so environmentally beneficial, so safe...why is the state’s environmental regulator an objector?” he said.

“WSLHD certainly says the project will have ‘limited impact’ on its facilities, sure; but it also says ‘from a population health perspective, we are unable to support the proposal’.

“There is a big difference between affecting operations and affecting human health.”

Cr Bali said there had been no contact from Dial A Dump about the community board flagged by Mr Malouf in April.

“If we was really serious about setting up a board, then he would have approached councillors and MPs who represent the community that will be affected by his proposed facility.”

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