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 historic 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.
A revised RAP was completed in March 2018. It was reviewed by the EPA-accredited Site Auditor and then submitted to the EPA for review and endorsement.
An EIS has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the EP&A Act and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 and addresses DP&E’s SEARs issued for the Project on 8 September 2016.
Environmental Impact Statement
DP&E has publicly exhibited the EIS to consult with local Council, government agencies, other key stakeholders and the community. The EIS was on public exhibition from 2 August 2018 to 29 August 2018.
The EIS included a range of specialist studies to assess the environmental and social acceptability of the proposed remediation work. It will be assessed by DP&E with input from the other relevant agencies. It will need to be approved by the NSW Minister for Planning before works can commence.
Information for residents
Jemena is committed to engaging with the local community about the project.
Our most recent community information session was held on 14 August 2018 at the North Hamilton Bowling Club. This was held during the EIS public exhibition for community consultation by the NSW DP&E. Key members of the project team, including technical and environmental specialists were available at this session to answer questions and explain the details of the project and to assist with submissions. The session was well attended by community and stakeholders.
Previously Jemena has held four 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.
We thank all those who have attended our information sessions and provided input. Click on the Community Consultation tab to learn more about the drop-in sessions and view the presentation material.
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