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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1132 ..

Service station site, Torrens

(Question No 92)

Ms Tucker asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to the old service station site on the corner of Beasley and Batchelor Streets, Torrens:

(1) When did the service station cease trading

(2) Who is the current lessee of the site

(3) Have the petrol tanks been removed from the site and if so

(a) when and (b) who by

(1) Has any other remediation work been done on the site in relation to soil contamination and run-off and if so

(a) What was the nature of this work, (b) who undertook this work (c) when?

(2) Has any monitoring been undertaken by the Department of Urban Services since the site's closure of

(a) The condition of the site and (b) the impact of seepage through the retaining wall at the back of the site on the adjoining laneway.

(1) Will the department be taking action against the lessee to recover costs incurred to make safe the recent collapse of the brick retaining wall at the back of the site onto the adjoining laneway.

(2) Are there any lease conditions on the site in relation to

(a) How long it can remain vacant and (b) what the site can be used for.

(3) Are there any

(a) Proposals being considered by Planning and Land Management (PALM) for redevelopment of this site and (b) when are these likely to be finalised.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

1. The service station ceased trading on 30 September 1996.

2. The current lessee is Ampol Property Holdings Limited now Caltex Petroleum Australia Pty Ltd (Caltex).

3. The petrol tanks have been removed from the site

(a) In mid August 2000.

(b) By Caltex.

(4) Remediation work has been completed in relation to the soil and water contamination.

(a) The contaminated soil was remediated by landfarming to a level suitable for residential development. Contaminated water was removed by a licensed contractor.

(b)The remediation works were undertaken by Coffey Geosciences Pty Ltd for Caltex.

(c) The remediation work commenced August 2000 and the majority of the work was completed in February 2001. A draft audit report and audit statement dated 9 August 2001 from an independent accredited auditor, Chris Jewel, confirmed the remediation work has been completed by Caltex. Mr Jewel is waiting for some further paperwork from Caltex before finalising his report and audit. Environment ACT received a final budget report and statement on 7 March 2002 which confirms that the remediation of the site has been completed and the site is suitable for residential development.

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