Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies has officially joined the fight against a proposed incinerator at Eastern Creek, vowing to hand a petition to the Premier.
She had been criticised for a perceived lack of bite on the issue, but Ms Davies came out firing on Monday by announcing her petition.
A minister in Gladys Berejiklian’s government, Ms Davies said the petition would call on the Independent Planning and Assessment Commission to reject the plan.
She urged the commission to heed the calls of the Environmental Protection Authority and NSW Health, which both made submissions against the project.
“It’s a plan that I’ve been working on for a number of weeks,” she told Fairfax. “There’s a number of petitions floating around but we have taken the time to carefully consider the wording of this petition to make sure it’s as effective as possible.”
Ms Davies took a swipe at Labor leader Luke Foley, who announced the state opposition’s own petition on Sunday.
She said Mr Foley’s claim that Planning Minister Anthony Roberts – not the independent commission – would have the final say on the project showed “he’s not across the issue”.
“I’ll always stand up for my community, but I’ll do so in measured way that is considered before the evidence,” Ms Davies said.
“I hope that thousands of people sign my petition. The bigger the number the more it tells the commission that the community is against this proposal.”
The Greens’ energy spokesman Jeremy Buckingham welcomed Ms Davies’ petition on Tuesday.
“As a minister in the Berejiklian government, I hope she can persuade her cabinet colleagues to support the Greens’ bill to ban large incinerators within 15 kilometres of residential zonings,” he said.
No Incinerator for Western Sydney spokeswoman Melinda Wilson was skeptical in her assessment of both Labor’s and Ms Davies’ petitions – worried they were using the topic for political gain - but was glad to have them on board.
“If they’re going to help us it doesn’t matter who does it,” she said. “It doesn’t matter who you vote for, you’re still going to breathe it [emissions] in.”