Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Edwards welcomes waste treatment sites short list

    31/10/2005 12:00 AM

    Environment Minister Judy Edwards has welcomed the release of a short list of possible sites for hazardous and industrial waste treatment facilities.

    The Core Consultative Committee, which Dr Edwards set up two years ago to liaise with the community on hazardous waste treatment, today announced eight sites in the South-West, Pilbara and Goldfields.

    The sites are near Northam, Kemerton, Bencubbin, Bruce Rock, South Hedland, Karratha, Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.

    Dr Edwards said the committee, which comprised representatives from community organisations, industry, local government and unions, now would hold a series of public meetings in each of the centres over the next three-and-a-half months so that the local communities could have further input into the process.

    “The State Government, through the Waste Management Board, has allocated eight grants of $10,000 to assist representative community groups to make submissions on each of the proposed sites,” she said.

    “I congratulate the committee on the way in which it has consulted the public and for its attention to detail in considering more than 900 possible sites that were nominated.

    “This is one of the most extensive public consultation processes ever undertaken in Australia in respect of managing hazardous and industrial waste and the Government is determined that the public has every opportunity to comment on the proposed sites.”

    The Minister said information on the consultation process, including the short list of sites and schedule of public meetings, was available from the committee’s website at http://www.3c.org.au

    Minister's office: 9220 5050