COODE ISLAND COMMUNITY

CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

 

Adopted Minutes

 

Tuesday, 12th
August, 2014

Held at Maribyrnong
Municipal Offices

 

 

PRESENT

 

Robin
Saunders
:

CICCC /
Chairperson

Laura Kewley

Radio Station
SYNFM

Bro
Sheffield-Brotherton

Community
Rep./Committee

Gary
O’Sullivan

Operations
Manager, Terminals Pty Ltd

Michael
Isaachsen
:

Community
Rep./Committee

Carlo
Fasolino

State Manager
Victoria, Terminals Pty Ltd

Ian Thomas

Community
Rep./Committee

Susan
Chatterton

Minute Taker

Deborah
McFarlane

Community
Rep./Committee

 

 

 

 ITEM 1.      WELCOME BY THE CHAIR,
APOLOGIES & CONFIRMATION OF DRAFT           AGENDA

 

Robin

Welcomed
Laura to the meeting

 

Apologies
– None

 

Draft Agenda
– confirmed

 

ITEM 2.       CONFIRM DRAFT MINUTES
FOR THE MEETING 22nd APRIL, 2014        REVIEW
ACTION ITEM LIST

 

Draft Minutes
of the 22nd April, 2014 adopted.

 

Outstanding Action Items

 

10/2013/2

Carlo to revise the additional
principles upon which Terminals policies are founded for George’s approval
and adoption.

Carlo

Need to defer.  We now have new
owners Macquarie Capital Trust, currently in the process of finalizing leases
etc..

Gary

They are the 2nd largest
owner of storage facilities in the world.

Carlo

I think they will be a bit more hands
on than our previous owners.

Robin

We will defer the item

10/2013/4

Carlo to review the greenhouse
table in the report and see if there is a way to reflect throughput.

 

Complete 22/04/14

04/2014/1

On receipt of Robin’s revised
guidelines Theo will get endorsement from the City of Maribyrnong

Robin

Since Theo’s departure I now have a
new contact within the council, Foti Beratis, with whom I will follow through
the endorsement from the City of Maribyrnong.

04/2014/2

Robin to send out a letter and
guidelines to EPA, MFB, Worksafe, and PoMC

 

Complete 18/05/2014

04/2014/3

On receipt of the brochure, Robin
to email it to members for comment.

 

Complete 24/04/2014

04/2014/4

Robin to write a letter to Peter
La Rose

 

Complete 15/05/2014

ITEM 3.         PROGRESS
REPORT ON THE COMMUNITY GRANTS

Sue

We have received 1 application for
grants.

Corpus Christ School – $1,049 to
purchase microscopes for the science class

Also received a thank you letter from
Hyde Street Youth Band.

Robin

Explained to Laura about the
community grants and that all details could be found on the website.

Faye

Word of mouth might get out to others

Robin

For the future, and to accurately
reflect the scope of the CICCC as an advisory body, newspaper advertisements
should state:-

“Terminals Pty Ltd has commenced its
community grants program.  When applications are received Terminals will
seek comment and input from the CICCC”

 

 

 

ITEM 4.       REPORTS
FROM TERMINALS AND AGENCIES

 

Gary

Incident 19/4/14 – Only a minor
water contamination as normal pipework cleaning procedure did not remove all
residual product due to differences in product densities.  Since settled
with customer and found an alternative user to sell contaminated product.

Bro

There was a company who found
customers that were looking for these types of products and matched to
buyers.

Gary

Peter La Rose found a buyer for the
product.

Gary

Incident 12/06/14 – Painting
repairs on tank when discovered pin hole in weld when rust blister
removed.  Localized corrosion on weld.  Weld patch on tank and
checked for other paint blisters.  Put the product into ISO’s and
emptied tank.  Tank repaired with patch internally.  Checked
remainder of tank whilst we had the opportunity.

Michael

What caused it?

Gary

It was close to a weld so might have
been a weld defect.  Blister imperfection outside of tank.  Tank
repaired and back in service.

Ian

Thickness testing would that not be
found during that process?

Carlo

Not really.  It has been 50
years since tank was made, coating just broke down.

Robin

Do you check on all welds?

Carlo

No after tank is built they are hydro
tested by filling with water but not pressurized.  Any defect would have
been discovered then.  The tanks are built to a code API 650 which
specified welding technique, thickness of steel etc.  The tanks are also
tested to another code API 653.

Michael

How high was the hole in the tank?

Gary

3.2 metres: the tank is 7 meters in
height.  Only a tiny little hole.  We put a piece of wood in the
hole prior to repair.

Michael

How high up was product in tank?

Gary

3 metres

Ian

Regulations for corrosive substances,
the tank has to be capable of 10 years of life.

Robin

What was in the tank?

Gary

Degreaser – solvent.  Not
recommended to wash your hands with.

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENT
PROTECTION AUTHORITY

 

Not in
attendance.

 

ITEM 6.       OTHER
BUSINESS

Robin

I will give Laura a chance to give
details as to her attendance at the meeting.

Laura

I am from SYNFM which is part of RMIT
Community Radio Station.

 

Every week we have a theme broadcast
throughout the nation.  The theme I wish to talk about is reminiscing
about the Coode Island Fire.  My age group does not know Coode Island exists. 
Tie into the fact that more people are moving into suburbs surrounding Coode
without knowing anything about what is stored on the site.

Robin

As individuals if you wish you can
talk to Laura about your opinions.

Laura

The aftermath changed how we live
with these types of sites.  There has not been a big incident
since.  I believe the wind really affected South Melbourne.

Deborah

Within about a year and a half after
that nearly all of Kensington was evacuated after another incident. 
When it rained on the product spilt there was a terrific risk to the
community.

Robin

There was a group called HazMAG run
by Colleen Hartland, a community minded person, who is now a Green Senator in
the Victorian Upper House. HazMAG was a member of the CICCC at its inception.
Colleen was very much concerned about communication between emergency
services and public, and the CICCC continued to pursue this matter after
HazMAG resigned from the Committee. The telephone messaging service was a
significant move.  The community needs to have information about what’s
happening before the Emergency services have all the answers. Laura, you
might like to follow up with Colleen.

Deborah

Whenever they stage exercises the
outcome always recommends better communication between agencies and
community.  The pilot program of the Early Warning System started and
has now been extended nationally.  We were the first to trial that
program.

Robin

It has been a challenge to organize a
system that at the push of a button the community would be notified. The City
of Maribyrnong used a multiple phone message system to contact a small group
of houses which were threatened by flooding periodically.  Computer
mapping has been developed for Emergency Services to define a zone of
interest around a hazard, and then all phones in the zone can be sent a
common message of warning simultaneously. It provides an emergency
communication mechanism that can be used for any emergency situation. 
This committee encouraged the City of Maribyrnong to run a pilot program
focusing on potential hazardous chemical incidents at Coode Island.

As a result of the Canberra fires the
Commonwealth Government got behind the messaging program, and provides some
funding for messaging. The system is now in widespread use.

Ian

A radio station took us on.

Michael

WRB974

Laura

Good to know I am onto something.

Robin

Focus now more on safety of sites by
EPA and Worksafe.  Terminals have had 15 years to make the site better
and safer.

Deborah

Good fire access now and a lot less
dangerous goods stored and better systems.

Robin

The introduction of nitrogen
blanketing has cut down the chance of another explosion.

Michael

The company has been very open and transparent.

Bro

Would be true to describe that as a
journey.  Company now has a good level of trust.

Deborah

There were also a lot of meetings
held after the incident.

Ian

A sub committee was formed

Robin

We will draw this discussion to a
close.  Look at my email where I have drafted answers to Laura’s
questions.  I would like your feedback.

Deborah

Robin is a very good facilitator and
has been able to bring out the best in Terminals.  He has allowed people
to have their say and get answers from Terminals.

Laura

Interested in what was the cause of
the fire.

Robin

I have tried to set out a fair
response to that question.

Ian

the very best way for industry to
avoid incidents happening is to study incidents like that. 

Michael

The government looked at moving the
site

Laura

Where would you move the site to and
who would want it in their neighbourhood.

Robin

Road tanker transport is a big
issue. 

Bro

West Point Wilson most dangerous as
the proposed rail transport went through a lot of built up areas. An incident
would be greater as it goes through a populated site.

Carlo

Less than half of the chemicals goes
through Terminals more goes from next door (in containers) which is more of a
potential for an incident.

Ian

Many years ago I wrote to the premier
that the site should stay where it was but that propylene oxide should not be
stored there.  But product has since transferred to a different company
on Coode so it is now even closer to residences than it used to be.

Robin

Thanked Laura for coming to the
meeting.

I would appreciate having your
responses from the committee on my comments to Laura by Thursday night.

Laura

More than happy to have a general
chat about other pet issues that anyone wishes to discuss. It will be a
prerecorded interview so can go over the questions.

Robin

Do we want a site inspection at the
next meeting?

Carlo

Do we revisit the issue of meeting
here or Coode?

Ian

Prefer here as a rule but at an
evening.

Robin

I will raise the issue with Foti
regarding parking.  Inclined to leave as they are with 2 summer meetings
on site and 2 winter meetings at the council.

 

 

NEXT SCHEDULED
MEETINGS: 

Tuesday, Tuesday 11th November –
3 pm at Terminals Coode Island office.

 

MEETING CLOSED 4:15pm