Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 2017) . . Page.. 4155 ..
(Question No 509)
Ms Lee asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 18 August 2017:
(1) What site remediation will be required on Fyshwick Block 9, Section 8 and Fyshwick Block 11, Section 8 for the Capital Recycling Solutions and ActewAGL Fyshwick joint venture.
(2) What is the anticipated timeframe for such work.
(3) Has the site been subject of a sale to any or all of the joint venture partners.
Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The proposal is currently going through an environmental impact assessment process. Once this process is complete the proponent would be at liberty to lodge a development application, where the issues of site remediation would be further considered.
The site is yet to be fully assessed to ascertain the level of remediation required. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has been notified of impacts to soil and groundwater associated with the former use of the site as a fuel depot.
Remediation of soil and groundwater at the site is expected. For development applications where there is site contamination, the EPA will set requirements through the site’s development consent conditions, that the site be assessed and remediated by a suitably qualified environmental consultant. The works must also be independently audited by an EPA approved contaminated land auditor prior to any change of use.
The auditor’s findings into the site’s suitability from a contamination perspective for its proposed and permitted uses under the Territory Plan must then be reviewed and endorsed by the EPA prior to the site being used for other purposes.
(2) The EPA is unable to speculate on the timeframe for remediation of contamination at the site as it is subject to the timing of the independent audit report, the level of contamination identified and the priorities of the proponent.
(3) The Territory is currently in the final stages of preparing an offer for the direct sale of land for Block 11 Section 8 Fyshwick to Capital Recycling Solutions (CRC).
Block 11 has been approved for direct sale by the Minister for Planning and Land Management under the Planning and Development Act 2007 and is being sold as a parcel that is contiguous to Block 9.
Block 11 will be sold at market value and furthermore there will be a condition of the direct sale that requires the Crown lease over Block 11 be consolidated with the CRC’s existing Crown lease over Block 9 Section 8 Fyshwick.
The direct sale of Block 11 provides the ability for Capital Recycling Solutions to directly access the adjacent railway tracks from the consolidated block to land without the need to cross an area of unleased Territory owned land.