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CICCC Update — 3 March 2005 Meeting


CICCC opposes the 99 Moreland St development proposal

At its meeting on 3 March 2005, the Committee heard a report on the Advisory Committee Directions Hearing held on 3 March from Quentin Cook from the EPA. The Advisory Committee has sought and had approved new Terms of Reference from the Minister, confining its scope to the 99 Moreland St proposal. The new timeframes are:

  • Draft Port Environs Plan — was circulated on 14 February 2005
  • Draft New Format Port Planning Scheme — became available on 3 March 2005
  • Exchange of expert witness reports — 23 March
  • Advisory Committee hearings from 4 April for 3 weeks to 22 April
  • Advisory Committee reports to Minister by 3 June 2005 (six weeks from last Hearing day)

Quentin told the Committee that the EPA viewed the proposal as an inappropriate juxtaposition of incompatible land uses — the Coode Island facility on the one hand, and a high density development only 400 metres away on the other. The Committee discussed the preparation of its submission to the Advisory Committee, and expressed its opposition to the proposal on safety and amenity grounds.

The Committee resolved to write to the Advisory Committee, seeking early advice of the submissions to the Committee from EPA and WorkSafe, well in advance of finalising its own submission.

Chlorinated hydrocarbon plume

Quentin reported that a new plume of contaminated groundwater had been found, just outside the north-west corner of Terminals’ C West site, behind the Pacific Terminals site. The contamination appears to include hydrocarbons and vinyl chloride, the latter resulting perhaps from the breakdown of other chemicals. Further reporting of this matter is anticipated when details become better known.

Terminal’s 2nd EIP 2005—2008

Carlo Fasolino provided an interesting report on two new items listed in Terminals’ 2nd EIP (which is still in draft form). The items were:

  • the exchange areas, where incoming product discharged from a ship at Maribyrnong No 1 wharf is distributed to any one of a number of storage tanks; and
  • sealed truck loading facilities.

Carlo illustrated his presentation with numerous photos of completed works at the facility. The committee was impressed with the high standard of the new infrastructure, and the way the design safeguards safety and minimises spillage and waste. Carlo indicated three other items that will be presented at the Committee’s May meeting – Emergency Lighting, Groundwater Protection and Combustion System Heat Recovery.

Agency representation

The Committee welcomed new representatives from WorkSafe and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Board (MFBB). Geoff Cooke from WorkSafe is now the Safety Case Officer for Terminals, as well as having responsibility for a number of other Major Hazard Facilities throughout the State. As Coode Island is on the border of two MFBB regions, both Commander Peter Egan, Manager Community Safety, Central Zone, and Commander Mark Dalrymple, Manager Community Safety, Western Zone will attend CICCC meetings (although they will share attendances).

Next meeting of the CICCC

The next meeting of the CICCC will be held on Thursday 12 May 2005 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting. The Committee will continue to review Terminals’ new draft Environment Improvement Plan.

Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC, 7 March 2005