Aug 31, 2010

Botany benefits from Orica clean-up

Botany benefits from Orica clean-up - Southern Courier - 30 August 2010 by Leesa Smith

"Botany Bay Council will pump more money into local playgrounds after finally accepting $100,000 from Orica, a chemical plant in Botany.

Botany Mayor Ron Hoenig announced at the council meeting last Wednesday that Orica, as part of its community programs, had proposed to donate $100,000 for playgrounds or other infrastructure.

Mr Hoenig said council had always rejected any financial offers from Orica in the past but accepted this offer because the company had cleaned up its act.

'In recent years Orica has been cooperative in the clean up of the polluted ground water and working for the removal of the stored HCB’s,' he said. 'The changed attitude and approach by Orica should be encouraged by the community and Council is prepared to accept the company’s offer.'

Council will decide which of the proposed playgrounds should be allocated the funds.

Work has started on the area’s second regional playground, Sir Joseph Banks Park, which is expected to be finished by the end of November.

Also a design brief will be conducted for a district playground at Mascot Park."

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