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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 4 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 1135 ..



Question No.11

Kingston Foreshore - Site Contamination Assessment

MR QUINLAN - Asked the Minister for Urban Services upon notice on
26 May 1998:

In relation to the Kingston Foreshore Development Site, in particular the contaminated site in the area-

(1) What is the current status of the site.

(2) What, if any, consultants have been, are or are planned to be engaged for the site, and if so what are the details of this engagement, specifically

(a) the term of the contract for the consultant/s;

(b) the daily and total cost of the consultant/s; and

(c) the terms of reference for the consultant/s.

MS CARNELL - The Kingston Foreshore Development falls within my portfolio responsibilities. The answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) The Interim Kingston Foreshore Development Authority (IKFDA) has undertaken a thorough Site Contamination Assessment of the Kingston Foreshore Redevelopment Area.

The Contamination Assessment addressed the recommendations of the Interim Report of the Assembly's Standing Committee on Planning and Environment Inquiry into the Acton/Kingston Land Swap (May 1996).

In summary, the Assessment found that contamination at Kingston Foreshore is less than would have been expected given the past activities known to have been undertaken on the site. For the proposed use of tourism, cultural, leisure and residential units, the risk to human health and the environment is low.

The majority of the site is clear of contamination but some isolated areas will require management to deal with potential odour problems associated with hydrocarbon contamination. The areas of contamination found are predominantly associated with fuel storage and dispensing. The areas are restricted in extent and are manageable by means of excavation and monitoring activities during any subsequent development.

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