Time for residents to review Casino masterplan: Will an incinerator be included?

This is the Regional Jobs Precinct masterplan for Casino.

Susanna Freymark

It’s been a long time coming – the Regional Jobs Precinct Plan for Casino is almost ready to be seen by the public.

It was supposed to be ready by November, then December, and now the State Government has announced it is ready for public viewing from Monday, February 12.

Richmond Valley Council has done a lot of work on the RJP. It is the State Government though that will make the final decision and gather community feedback.

The plan is for the development of three industrial sites in Casino – the Nammoona industrial area and nearby rural land to the north,  the Casino Co-op industrial land and adjoining land between Summerland Way and the North Coast Railway line and the Primex industrial land, Casino Sewerage Treatment Plant and Cassino Drive Industrial Estate.

The masterplan has been created for industrial growth in Casino as part of an initiative of the Department of Regional NSW.

Five locations in NSW were selected for this boost to regional growth. The sites are Parkes, West Lithgow, Richmond Valley (Casino) and Southern Goulburn-Mulwaree.

These five locations were also named as possible sites for an Energy from Waste facility, also called an incinerator.

Opponents of an incinerator in Casino want to see if the potential for an EfW facility is included in the RJP plan for Casino.

Will the door be kept open for an incinerator in the future? The wording of the masterplan will be important to indicate the State Government’s plans on EfW.

The draft plan and discussion paper can be viewed from Monday. Submissions close at 11.59pm on Sunday, March 10.

Read the masterplan here – the information will not be available until Monday.

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