Both sides of Parliament rubbish proposed dump at Orchard Hills

BOTH sides of state politics can agree on at least one thing — an industrial and commercial recycling waste facility should not be dumped on Orchard Hills.

A community petition against the proposed facility was debated in State Parliament recently.

Petitions containing more than 10,000 signatures are debated in the Legislative Assembly as a result of changes made by the state government.

The Residents Against Industrial Dump (RAID) group collected 14,500 signatures opposing the six-day-a-week operation that could bring hundreds of trucks to local roads.

Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies, who tabled the petition, told Parliament the proposed dump would denigrate the rural nature of Orchard Hills, affect community health and threaten the Cumberland Woodplain.

"The Dellara proposal for our rural Orchard Hills environment is a noisy, dusty operation within 500 metres of an estate where families are being raised, retirees have settled and home-based businesses are being run," Mrs Davies told Parliament.

She pleaded with Premier Barry O'Farrell to do all in his and the government's power to fight the proposal and, if the Land and Environment Court approves it, hire the best barristers to fight the decision, regardless of the cost.

The proposal was initially rejected by Penrith Council and the former state government.

Dellara Pty Ltd appealed against the decision to the Land and Environment Court, which permitted the applicant to amend its proposal three times.

A decision is expected soon.

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