Lead solution proposed
Lead removal specialists present grand redesign plan
A COMPANY that has proprietary lead remediation techniques in Australia to fix the North Wangaratta contamination problem onsite says it’s ready to start on the job immediately and get the oval ready in time for the 2018 football season.
Council will go to tender on works to remediate lead contamination at the North Wangaratta Recreation Reserve once a report on the site is completed in the coming weeks.
PCM Enviro, based in Euroa, has proposed to remediate the contamination at both the Wangaratta Clay Target Club (WCTC) and the recreation reserve simultaneously.
It has also proposed to build a world class environmentally friendly shooting facility at the WCTC site and has provided details both to council and the WCTC.
However, the WCTC committee is yet to decide whether it endorses the proposed plans.
Company director Craig Mitchell said the redesign for both the recreation reserve and the clay target club would bring both facilities up to the highest standards and attract new members and bigger events.
The proposed redesign incorporates Shotstop© shooting curtain system which would capture 100 per cent of lead shot fired at the range, with guarantees the lead contamination problem on the oval would never happen again.
The company recently supplied the same system for the upcoming 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
“We would also incorporate new facilities for the recreation reserve which includes things like new surfacing to existing netball courts, playground and barbecue area as well as a state of the art playing surface and digital scoreboard for the oval,” Mr Mitchell said.
PCM Enviro met with stakeholders when lead contamination was detected at the recreation reserve and WCTC in May 2016 and company directors told the Chronicle that they provided an answer to the problem straight away.
Mr Mitchell, a former national level shooter, and his brother Paul, operate the leading Australian business that re- mediates and removes lead from hundreds of shooting facilities across the country and currently has a contract to remediate WCTC’s lead contamination issues.
“We are the preferred environmental company for the ACTA shooting body and have been engaged to provide a “Best Management Practises for shooting clubs in Australia,” Mr Mitchell said.
PCM Enviro’s solution to the problem is to treat the contaminated soil on the recreation reserve using proprietary soil treatment techniques that can decrease the lead contamination making it safe to move from site.
Once complete it can be moved to the adjacent paddock for further handling.
Mr Mitchell said for this to take place, a “land swap” between the recreation reserve and the gun club may need to take place.
“It would involve council swapping the land under traps one and two at the gun club and in return the gun club would need to give the same amount of land in the paddock that joins the oval land,” he said.
Mr Mitchell said this method would erase massive cartage and tipping costs associated with the transportation of the contaminated soil to a licensed landfill.
“If PCM Enviro is selected as the contractor to do the remediation of the oval we can move the treated soil from the oval to this land and start the rebuild- ing of the oval immediately, without any further delays,” he explained.
“There would be significant cost savings, and even more importantly, the oval could be open before Christmas.”
The State Government has allocated $3 million for the tender and clean-up process for the recreation reserve.
Rural City of Wangaratta council chief executive officer Brendan McGrath said council has enlisted the work of a civil construction company to test the soil nutrients, survey the oval and detail drainage and irrigation improvements.
“Council must follow a genuine procurement policy and PCM Enviro is welcome to put in a tender when the time comes,” Mr McGrath said.