This week Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi delivered the annual PEN Sydney Lecture at the Sydney Writers' Festival. I reported on her speech for City Hub.
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NSW Environmental regulator prosecutes Macquarie-owned waste facility for breaching pollution law
A year after the alleged first pollution offences occurred, the NSW EPA has notified residents that it has commenced legal proceedings against Macquarie-owned Bingo Industries waste facility at Eastern Creek. Local residents filed hundreds of complaints about odours spreading through their Western Sydney suburbs. The odours still continue. This story also covers Bingo's poor record at managing asbestos.
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Bingo Industries wrecks Anzac Day weekend for Western Sydney residents - EPA pleads for action
The NSW Environmental Protection Authority met with Bingo senior executives as odours continue to overwhelm residents living around its Macquarie-owned waste facility at Eastern Creek. It ordered work to stop where no odour controls were in place.
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EPA orders Bingo to file expert report on odours - but will the community get to read it?
Disgusting hydrogen sulphide odours have returned in Western Sydney. It took the EPA five weeks to take action
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Foul smells continue to plague Western Sydney residents near waste sites.
Foul odours are again plaguing residents in Western Sydney as floods and rain cause a crisis in the waste industry and raising further concerns about the NSW's capacity to regulate powerful companies.
COVID crisis at Junee prison - two tragic deaths, hundreds more prisoners at risk
The NSW prison system is in the grip of a crisis caused by the COVID pandemic. Prisons generally receive little coverage which is why readers may know so little about this. In this story, I focus on Junee prison where two prisoners have recently died and severe restrictions are threatening the health and welfare of hundreds of prisoners and their families.
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Bingo plans major expansion while still under investigation for foul odours
Where the Water Starts - a new documentary
A new documentary by Mandy King and Fabio Cavadini about the environmental struggle to save Kosciuszko National Park
Green Bans turn fifty
Last week was the fiftieth anniversary of the first Green Ban in Sydney. In this piece for City Hub, I reflect on the Green Ban period and report on this week's events at 'Willow Grove' Parramatta, the site of the most recent Green Ban.
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Bingo still polluting Sydney's West - and how a previous audit revealed landfill problems
The NSW EPA ordered Bingo Industries to install a gas plant to remove unhealthy hydrogen sulphide odours. Two gas flares were lit but the odours continue. Western Sydney residents, backed by local Labor MPs, are calling on the EPA to close the plant down. In this blog post, I reveal long term weaknesses in the landfill's environmental record, management and regulation.