Step aside demand by Abetz
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.