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CICCC Update—10 September 2009 Meeting
Incidents at Terminals’ Coode Island Facility
Peter La Rose, the Terminals Operations manager at Coode Island, told the Committee about the ten incident reports that had been raised at the site over the last three months. Several of these involved external causes, such as a road tanker driver hitting a stack of timber on site and a road tanker driver loading MEK without checking that an internal compartment had been drained. Other incidents related to faults of various high level alarms on tanks and the metering of product being pumped into road tankers.
No spills resulted from any of these incidents, nor was there any injury to operators. The CICCC welcomes the complete disclosure of such incidents and near misses by Terminals staff, and congratulates Terminals on its use of the incident reporting system to focus attention on continuous improvement of its operations.
Report from City of Maribyrnong
Theo Pykoulas drew attention to two contentious planning applications for residential apartments in Stephen Street Yarraville and commercial apartments with balconies in Hyde Street Footscray, both with the potential to increase the number of residents in close proximity to the Mobile Yarraville Terminal and other industrial uses.
Theo also mentioned his role as a seconded local government officer to assist in setting up a relief centre at Kinglake for about 10 days after the bushfires. The centre coordinated the provision of volunteer workers such as plumbers, electricians and builders to provide emergency relief.
Quentin Cooke advised the CICCC meeting on 10 September about changes at EPA. Miss Cheryl Batagol has been appointed as Chairman, and Terry Ahearn has been appointed CEO and Deputy Chair. The EPA intends, through licence reform, to shift responsibility away from the Authority towards the client. Compliance auditing and enforcement action where necessary will continue, but companies will increasingly be encouraged to take responsibility themselves for improved practice. Environmental Improvement Plans are now not being signed off by EPA, but are seen as the voluntary expression of a company’s intention to move towards best practice.
Next meeting of the CICCC
The next meeting of the CICCC will be held on Thursday 10 December 2009 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm. Any interested member of the community is welcome to attend the CICCC meetings. The dates for the meetings in 2010 are 11 March, 13 May, 19 August and 18 November.
Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC, September 2009