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CICCC Update—14 December 2006 Meeting
The Coode Island Sewer saga
The new sewer connection to Coode Island, which has been built after 10 years of delay, is still not operational. George Horman, Managing Director of Terminals Pty Ld, advised the CICCC that agreement had not been reached between City West Water (the owner and operator of the sewer) and the Port of Melbourne Corporation on two key issues. The first of these is the creation of an easement for the sewer line under the parking lane of Mackenzie Road. The second concerns the Trade Waste Agreement between City West Water and users on Coode Island, where City West Water is seeking the inclusion of the Port of Melbourne Corporation (the owner of the land) as a party to the agreement.
City West Water is to date refusing to commission the new sewer connection, until these two matters have been resolved. In the meantime, the environmental improvement anticipated from the sewer connection continues to be delayed.
Terminals Pty Ltd has tried to negotiate with the Port of Melbourne Corporation to put its new weighbridge in Mackenzie Road, or some other location where it could be accessed by all trucks entering Coode Island. However the Port of Melbourne Corporation would not agree to any of the proposed public sites. Reluctantly Terminals has committed to its least preferred option, a weighbridge on its own site. The new weighbridge will be sized to accommodate B-Doubles.
“Terminals will build the new weighbridge on its own land, and forgo the economies of a weighbridge available to all users at Coode Island.” George told the Committee.
The old Terminals’ East site
To make more land available to P&O Ports for container storage, Terminals was required to cease operations on the land it leased east of Mackenzie Road, and has, over the last four years, re-established all its storage west of Mackenzie Road. The crash remediation program to clean up the land vacated by Terminals on the east side of Mackenzie Road was completed a year ago, at considerable expense to Terminals, industry and Government.
George advised the Committee that P&O Ports has only now commenced geotechnical investigation of the site, 12 months after it was available to P&O Ports.
Next meeting of the CICCC
The next meeting of the CICCC will be held on Thursday 22 February 2007 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm.
Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC, January 200714