It's the news Matraville residents have been waiting to hear - the Matraville incinerator proposal has been officially withdrawn!
The NSW Government's Planning Portal has been updated as of this afternoon 31 August 2022 to list the incinerator project (also called the Botany Cogeneration Plant) as 'withdrawn'.
In July 2022, new regulations gazetted by the NSW Government banned energy from waste facilities in the Sydney basin. And now this news provides certainty for the Matraville and wider community that the unpopular project will not proceed.
“This is huge news for our community who have been living with this dark cloud hanging over them for three years," says Mayor Dylan Parker.
“Our community has fought this ill-conceived idea tooth and nail from the very beginning.
“Burning waste just metres from people’s homes to power a private business is just a bad idea. The community knew it from day one and I am very pleased the NSW Government has now acted to stop it from happening.
“I am very pleased that Veolia has responded to community feedback and now formally withdrawn their proposal,” Mayor Parker said.
Mayor Parker congratulated and thanked the hundreds and thousands of local community members who have been involved in the fight to stop the incinerator.
This includes Randwick and Bayside Councillors, State Member Michael Daley, Federal Member Matt Thistlethwaite, the No Matraville Incinerator community group, the Matraville Precinct and well-known locals including Mike Whitney and Russell Fairfax who leant their voice to the campaign.
“This is a win for people, it’s a win for common sense, and it sends a message that industry cannot trample over the environment and the community for their own benefit,” Mayor Parker said.