IT'S a matter of concern to many in the community that anyone would welcome, even in principle, consideration of the Lithgow LGA as a convenient disposal site for huge amounts of Sydney garbage - particularly among those elected to advance the interests of our community.
The Lithgow LGA is on Barilaro's shortlist of regional centres after Western Sydney residents succeeded in overturning a bid for massive waste incinerators at Eastern Creek. Now Pipers Flat is being freely whispered as a new ground zero (Mt Piper, just over the hill, has lately gone quiet on its plan to burn Sydney waste as an alternative fuel source).
Crs Stephen Lesslie and Wayne McAndrew led the charge to oppose the proposal with Wayne summing it up as '..not good enough for Western Sydney but good enough for us'.
The community would have expected immediate and total support for the motion but there was a long debate before the Council voted 6-3 to reject any proposal to dump a Sydney problem on us.
In other words one third of the elected Councillors felt it was worthy of consideration, a move that risked going back to the bad old days not that long ago when our image suffered from the legacy of long gone heavy industry. This time the damage would be permanent.
Seems there needs to be serious questions asked of all candidates when they spruik their credentials for the December Council elections.
It's not the first time we've faced the threat of Sydney waste but past bids have ended in a win for people power.
Lack of direction
SEEMS it's a classic case of seek and maybe ye shall find. Blast Furnace Park and Lake Pillans Wetlands complex has been a huge success for Greater Lithgow, a unique recreational showplace, but too bad if you're a new visitor trying to get there. The signage identifying the Inch Street entrance has been missing for some time. The steel supports are still there so maybe no one in Council has yet noticed the departure. Shouldn't be too difficult to rectify.
LIKE it or loathe it we're back into daylight saving for six months from this weekend. Clocks go forward one hour at 2 am Sunday. Be nice if we can finally get out and enjoy the happy hour.
Where there's smoke
UNBELIEVABLE as it seems, there are disturbing reports swirling about the threat of closure of fire stations across our region including even locally. Surely time for someone in authority to make a definitive statement about what is going on.