Kendall Bay is located on the Parramatta River in the City of Canada Bay Local Government Area. It is approximately 10 km from the CBD and sits between the suburbs of Cabarita and Breakfast Point.
Why is Remediation Required?
The proposed remediation site is located in Kendall Bay, which is off the Parramatta River, adjacent to the Breakfast Point development site. The contamination of the sediments in Kendall Bay was the result of historic industrial discharges from the adjacent former AGL Mortlake Gasworks site (currently the Breakfast Point development).
With the completion of remediation at Breakfast Point, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) focused on remediating contaminated sediments within areas of Kendall Bay. AGL signed a Voluntary Remediation Agreement (VRA) with the NSW EPA in 2005. The VRA committed AGL to further investigations with the view to remediate the sediments within the bay, where necessary. Jemena inherited AGL’s VRA obligations in late 2006 when the AGL Group was split up. Following these investigations, it has been confirmed by the EPA that the remediation of parts of Kendall Bay is required to address health and environmental risks posed by contamination. The remediation process is regulated by the NSW EPA.
Due to the complexities of the project and to ensure minimal disruption to the community, Jemena continues to engage extensively with specialist consultants, remediation contractors and government departments. This will ensure the remediation project is appropriately scoped, planned and implemented.
An important component of the project planning is consulting with the community. Jemena is committed to engaging with the local community as we proceed towards remediation, Jemena is also working towards obtaining the necessary statutory approvals required before any remediation works can commence.
To see site notices and records in relation to Kendall Bay visit the NSW EPA Website.
The full scale sediment remediation work will be conducted after approvals are received from Department of Planning and Environment.
Jemena has engaged a remediation contractor Ventia to carry out the work, including a trial of the proposed in-situ solidification remediation method.
In further news, the project team is based at Jemena’s head office in North Sydney. The Mortlake office is still being used periodically and will be the base for Kendall Bay operations for the remediation works after Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) approval and project development consent.
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Sediment remediation trial works in Kendall Bay
Jemena’s appointed remediation contractor Ventia has completed sediment remediation trial work in the southern portion of Kendall Bay. The trial work involved a limited field trial of the remediation method (in-situ stabilisation) and further collection of sediment samples for laboratory testing and analysis. The plant and equipment deployed has operated successfully and validation samples collected show quality mixing of treatment material within the sediment.
Following successful completion of the Remediation field trial, Jemena have submitted a development application (DA) to the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) for the full scale Remediation Project. The DA including the EIS for the proposal was on public exhibition from 3 October 2018 until 31 October 2018.
The EIS includes a range of specialist studies to assess the environmental and social acceptability of the proposed remediation work. The EIS 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, along with the DA, before works can commence. The EIS is available to view at the DP&E website: http://www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/page/on-exhibition/
Information for residents
A Community information session was held during the EIS exhibition period with key members of the Project team, including technical and environmental specialists available to explain the details of the Project and assist with questions regarding public submissions. The most recent session on 24 October was well attended by community members.
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