ISCCC September 2020 Newsletter

  1. Register NOW for ISCCC Politics in the Pub Candidates Forum, 20 September 
    This is your chance to meet and hear from CANDIDATES seeking your VOTE.
    Hosted by Genevieve Jacobs, Group Editor, Region Media Group
    Sunday 20 September 2020 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Ave, NarrabundahDue to COVID restrictions, numbers are STRICTLY LIMITED. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. Residents of the Inner South will receive priority if numbers registering exceed the number of spaces.
    TO BOOK email Kathie at info@isccc.org.au with:
    • Name • Suburb • Phone number, for EVERY PERSON in your group
    If you are unable to attend the event in person, you can watch it live on the Riot-ACT Facebook page (we will post a link from the ISCCC Facebook page). Find out more at: www.isccc.org.au

    The ISCCC’s Priority Election Policies and Actions list has been sent to candidates with a request that they respond in writing before the forum.
    https://www.isccc.org.au/2020-act-elections-isccc-priority-policies-actions-for-incoming-government

    2. Have your say by 17 September on the proposed waste facility in Tennant Street, Fyshwick 
    This Thursday is the deadline for comments on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the second massive waste proposal for Fyshwick: Hi-Quality Group’s 1 million tonne per annum waste facility in Tennant Street, Fyshwick.

    Some of the key issues of concern are:

  • Crushing and screening concrete will produce respirable silica dust, and processing of other materials may produce fine dust particles containing asbestos fibres.  The health effects of both can be significant, especially for on-site workers, but no consideration appears to have been given to these particular sources of contamination. Yet thousands of people visit and work in Fyshwick every day.
  • The EIS does not address adequately concerns about the risk of fire with stockpiles of flammable wood, grease trap oil, construction and demolition waste, and other waste near populated areas.
  • The effect on the Jerrabomberra wetlands and Lake Burley Griffin of regular or accidental contamination of the Molonglo River by flows of groundwater or surface water, or airborne particles requires comprehensive investigation.
  • The EIS does not address satisfactorily the impact of an additional half million vehicle movements each year entering and leaving Fyshwick.
  • There is little community confidence in the proponent’s environmental track record, given the proponent has been fined several times by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority.
  • Taking Fyshwick in the direction of a polluted waste precinct is at odds with plans for high density residential in adjacent Eastlake and Dairy Road, which will also have traffic implications.

Last week the Minister for Recycling and Waste Reduction, Chris Steel, indicated he would oppose the CRS proposal for a waste facility in Ipswich Street, Fyshwick, but that announcement did not relate to the Hi-Quality proposal. So you still need to lodge an objection if you are concerned. We are awaiting written confirmation of the Canberra Liberals policy, and the ACT Greens policy of a moratorium will need support of the incoming Government.

Write to EPDCustomerservices@act.gov.au referring to EIS 201900001 and CC your objection to the ISCCC at info@isccc.org.au for information and our local elected members:
Andrew Barr MLA barr@act.gov.au; Candice Burch MLA candice@parliament.act.gov.au; Elizabeth Lee MLA lee@parliament.act.gov.au; Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA stephen- smith@act.gov.au; Shane Rattenbury MLA rattenbury@act.gov.au

3. See this recent media coverage about the waste facility proposals in Fyshwick:

  1. Have your say on the proposed mixed use commercial/residential Dairy Road precinct, Fyshwick
    You still have time to comment on the Molonglo Group’s proposal for the Dairy Road precinct (http://dairyroad.com.au/future/). See the Planning Authority’s website for the associated draft Territory Plan Variation. Written comments are due by COB Friday 25 September 2020.5. Participate in Floriade: Reimagined in Kingston
    The Kingston and Barton Residents group (KBRG) has partnered with local businesses to celebrate Floriade: Reimagined. Last May over 50 volunteers planted more than 8000 bulbs and annuals in Jardine Street. Along with other community and tulip trail plantings by the Floriade: Reimagined horticulture team, this will see Kingston and Barton spring into colourful bloom in the coming weeks. Events include a local Canberra Treasure Hunt, free outdoor yoga and dance classes, Floriade: Reimagined inspired cocktails, shop window displays, Instagram competitions and meets and shop specials.
    To find out more visit www.kbrg.org.au and follow the KBRG on Instagram and Facebook.

    6. Conservation Council Candidates Forum
    The ACT Conservation Council is holding three Candidates Forums on Sustainable Transport (15September), Climate Change and Urban Sustainability (22 September), and Nature Biodiversity and Waterways (29 September). Find out more about the three forums and the Conservation Council’s election priorities at: https://conservationcouncil.org.au/act-election-2020/

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