Step aside de­mand by Abetz

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - DAVID BENIUK

CLOSE to a third of the Mac­quarie Point de­vel­op­ment site has been cleared of con­tam­i­nated ground­wa­ter us­ing pur­pose-built tech­nol­ogy.

A $300,000 tai­lor-made ma­chine, nick­named Bey­once, has been used to re­move oil from hot spots around the 9.3ha site.

Diesel from be­neath for­mer rail­way re­fu­elling and a bulk stor­age area are be­ing fil­tered and re­cy­cled as the site is read­ied for de­vel­op­ment.

Con­tam­i­nated ground­wa­ter is the ma­jor is­sue for the re­me­di­a­tion of the for­mer in­dus­trial site, Mac­quarie Point De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment man­ager Peter Shel­don-Collins said.

“It’s the po­ten­tial for trans­port of con­tam­i­nants through the site when the ground­wa­ter moves,” Mr Shel­don-Collins said.

“We’re pulling ground­wa­ter out of the the ground and sep­a­rat­ing out the diesel.”

Re­me­di­a­tion work be­gan in Au­gust last year af­ter two years of geotech­ni­cal anal­y­sis build­ing on work done as part of a hospi­tal pro­posal.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment pro­vided $45 mil­lion to fund the clean-up of the site in 2012.

Three hun­dred sam­pling bores were dropped, while 18 ex­trac­tion bores are now in use and an­other 30 are used for mon­i­tor­ing.

Be­neath the for­mer bulk fuel stor­age area, a 70mm fuel layer in the ground­wa­ter has been re­duced to 5mm and re­me­di­a­tion work will soon be com­pleted.

The process has also in­volved 150 drums of con­tam­i­nated soil be­ing treated and re­moved from the site.

Bey­once, tech­ni­cally a to­tal flu­ids ex­trac­tion unit, was built by re­me­di­a­tion con­sul­tants based in Mel­bourne and shipped to Ho­bart.

The work aims to have the site meet­ing Aus­tralian stan­dards and will be as­sessed by an en­vi­ron­men­tal au­di­tor.

Mac­quarie Point De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion chief Mary Massina is hope­ful work can start at the Evans St end of the site while the Mona-in­spired 30-year vi­sion is be­ing planned.

“It’s hav­ing the con­fi­dence to be able to say to the in­dus­try that this is as good a site as any other,” Ms Massina said.

State Growth Min­is­ter Matthew Groom said the au­di­tor sign-off would mean the site was ready to start at­tract­ing in­vest­ment.

“We will have opened up a large part of the site ready for de­vel­op­ment through the strate­gic and ded­i­cated re­me­di­a­tion works of the cor­po­ra­tion,” he said. LIB­ERAL se­na­tor Eric Abetz is de­mand­ing Fair Work Com­mis­sion deputy pres­i­dent Nicole Wells step aside while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion takes place into a re­dun­dancy pay­ment made to her by a union.

The Reg­is­tered Or­gan­i­sa­tions Com­mis­sion will con­duct its first in­ves­ti­ga­tion into re­dun­dancy pay­ments to Tas­ma­nian Ms Wells and her part­ner, union leader Kevin Harkins, paid by the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Elec­tri­cal and Plumb­ing Union in 2008.

“Ms Wells can­not in good faith sit in judg­ment of work­place deals when she is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Se­na­tor Abetz said.

Re­dun­dancy pay­ments she and Mr Harkins re­ceived when CEPU branches split were ques­tioned by a Fed­eral Court judge last year.

Ms Wells and Mr Harkins took sim­i­lar jobs in the new Tas­ma­nian branch.

Ms Wells has said the pay­ments were re­ceived fol­low­ing ad­vice they were war­ranted be­cause the pair took pay cuts.

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