Tyres on the move

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Thomas Moir

The rub­ber has hit the road on the op­er­a­tion to re­move the Nu­murkah tyre pile.

A week af­ter the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment in­ter­vened to make sure the tyre dump was cleaned up, the first truck­loads of tyres of­fi­cially left the stock­pile site.

The ‘‘last of its kind’’ tyre stock­pile had an es­ti­mated 500 000 tyres, about 5000 tonnes’ worth.

Au­thor­i­ties had said the con­se­quences of a fire break­ing out at the site could be ‘‘cat­a­strophic’’.

The es­ti­mated 10-week clean-up ef­fort, which started last Mon­day, was ex­pected to be com­pleted be­fore the end of sum­mer.

The EPA last week an­nounced the first tyre-filled truck­loads had left Nu­murkah.

The tyres are be­ing taken to a li­censed fa­cil­ity in Mel­bourne, where they will be re­cy­cled.

‘‘Shred­ded tyres can be used in the con­struc­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing and au­to­mo­tive in­dus­tries with the end prod­ucts to in­clude ath­let­ics tracks, brake pads, new tyres or road sur­faces,’’ an EPA state­ment read.

The EPA also moved to as­sure man­age­ment of any wildlife, fire safety and pre­cau­tions were all con­sid­er­a­tions in the ‘‘care­fully planned clean-up of the site’’.

EPA chief ex­ec­u­tive Cathy Wilkin­son said EPA, Moira Shire Coun­cil and the com­mu­nity had been con­cerned about the stock­pile for some time.

‘‘All of the ap­pro­pri­ate le­gal op­tions had to be ex­hausted be­fore the au­thor­i­ties re­sorted to en­ter the site and bring­ing in con­trac­tors to con­duct the clean-up,’’ Dr Wilkin­son said.

‘‘The stock­pile is es­ti­mated to con­tain half a mil­lion waste tyres, sum­mer is here, and a CFA risk as­sess­ment con­cluded any un­con­trolled fire at the premises would be cat­a­strophic.’’

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