The Clyde Street site operated as a gasworks from 1913 to 1985 under Newcastle Gas Company.
In 2006 Jemena acquired the site as part of a business transaction. Since then, Jemena has committed to carrying out the remediation of contamination resulting from the historical operation of the site as a gasworks. Significant progress has been made with respect to contamination assessment. Remediation planning is being done in consultation with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Newcastle City Council, and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E).
In August 2011 the NSW EPA declared the Clyde Street, Hamilton North site to be 'Significantly Contaminated Land' under the NSW Contaminated Land Management Act. Since 2012, Jemena has been working within a Voluntary Management Proposal framework for the management and eventual remediation of contamination.
The first stage of the Clyde Street Remediation Project, preliminary remediation activities, commenced in late 2014 and was completed in late 2015
The NSW Minister for Planning declared the remediation project a ‘State Significant Development’ under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act on 29 October 2015.
A Management Order (MO) was issued by the EPA on 21 December 2015 imposing timeframes for site assessment activities and the main remediation works.
The first formal stage of preparing for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the DP&E was the submission of a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA). This was done in late May 2016, followed by a clarification addendum in July 2016. On 15 June 2016 the DP&E chaired a planning focus meeting with the relevant agencies, Jemena, and its consultants. The next step was for the DP&E to issue the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs).
In accordance with the requirements of the MO, a Remediation Action Plan (RAP) was submitted to the EPA on 30 June 2016 as required by the MO.
The SEARs were issued by the DP&E on 8 September 2016.
The MO was modified by the EPA on 30 December 2016. Rather than specify actual dates for completion of the works, it acknowledged that the timing was subject to planning approvals and it specified completion time frames following receipt of approvals.
The RAP is currently being revised to address the requirement in the SEARs for the end use of the site after remediation to be specified.
The revised RAP will be reviewed by the EPA-accredited Site Auditor and then submitted to the EPA for review and recommendations.
The writing of the EIS will then commence.
Additionally, Jemena will shortly issue requests for tender for the remediation construction contract.
Information for residents
Jemena has held three community drop-in information sessions at different stages of the project, which have provided an opportunity for the local community to learn more about the project. The most recent drop-in session was held in March 2016 and provided information about a new boundary groundwater control system installed to minimise contaminated groundwater from flowing into Styx Creek. We thank all those who attended; your input was valuable. Click on the Community Consultation tab to learn more about the drop-in sessions and view the presentation material.
In June 2014 we sent our first project newsletter to around 1,000 neighbouring residents and businesses. Follow-up letters were sent in November 2014, August 2015 and March 2016. Copies of the community letters can be viewed here:
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