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Ipswich’s four MPs oppose incinerator

A joint statement by made four Ipswich MPs has revealed they do not support the proposed incinerator for the city.

The four MPs were criticised in June 2020 for a joint letter they released saying that they did not support energy from waste and had "not seen a detailed EfW proposal by Remondis or any other proponent.”

However, Bundamba MP Lance McCallum, Ipswich West MP Jim Madden, Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard and Jordan MP Charis Mullen all agreed the proposal by Remondis was not appropriate for Ipswich’s rapidly growing community.

Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said there needed to be a greater focus on avoiding the creation of waste altogether for community, environment and economy.

“A waste to energy facility is inappropriate to be placed in the middle of an urban community that is undergoing significant population growth and development,” Mr McCallum said.

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard agreed with Mr McCallum saying that “projects like waste to energy” should be relocated to a “more suitable location.”

Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said the Palaszczuk Government had taken strong and effective measures to reduce waste locally with the re-introduction of a waste levy.

“The waste levy has resulted in a significant reduction in the volume of waste coming into Queensland,” Mr Madden said.

Member for Jordan Charis Mullen said waste projects could not encourage greater use of waste, discourage reuse and recycling or impact residents in any way.

“My constituents, like many Queenslanders, are managing their own household waste differently with a view to reducing their waste as much as possible,” Ms Mullen said.

“This is something I am very supportive of and is in line with our government’s commitment to Queensland becoming a zero waste state where waste is avoided, reused and recycled to the greatest possible extent.”

The statement comes after a long battle between Ipswich residents and the incinerator proposal and a protest staged on Tuesday, September 8.