Lead so­lu­tion pro­posed

Lead re­moval spe­cial­ists present grand re­design plan

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - By STEVE KELLY

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.

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