New South Wales Shadow Treasurer and Manly MP Mike Baird
Victory For People Power And Local Environment In Sewage Tank Decision
Victor P Taffa
The community has won its battle against Sydney Water’s plans to build a sewage tank on public open space, according to Manly MP Mike Baird.
“This is a clear example of community action delivering a sensible outcome.” Mr. Baird said.
“Local families and sporting groups can breathe a sigh of relief that they will not have to sacrifice their open space for the sewage tank.”
“Sydney Water has confirmed they have ruled out Harbord Park, John Fisher Park and behind Manly Selective High School as prospective sites after sustained opposition from the community.” Mr. Baird said.
“Sydney Water will now be moving ahead with building the storage tank in the Brookvale Industrial Park, which is a win-win result.”
“While we are keen for the sewage tank to stop stormwater overflows polluting local lagoons and beaches it should not be at the expense of our open space.”
“Individuals across the community should be proud of this win from the school leadership at Manly Selective to the John Fisher Park Community Group to families that enjoy using Harbord Park.” Mr. Baird said.
“We are grateful Sydney Water engaged in genuine consultation, listening to and responding to our concerns.”
“After many months of negotiation we are now looking forward to this project delivering on its objectives.”
“When the tank is built, up to 18 Million litres of sewage overflows will be captured instead of polluting Manly and Curl Curl lagoons.
“It is a $70 Million project that has experienced several delays and we are relieved this latest hurdle has been resolved in the community’s favour.” Mr. Baird said.