Former Gasworks Remediation Project Complete
Remediation works at the Clyde Street former Gasworks site were completed on 21 August 2020 with temporary site facilities and the majority of equipment demobilised from site Minor works and maintenance activities continued up until 4 March 2021, after which all associated equipment was also removed from site. On 6 April 2021, the site was successful in receiving a Contaminated Land Management Act (CLM) Section B4 Site Audit Statement from the EPA Accredited Site Auditor, indicating that the remediation requirements specified, have been complied with. In addition, all requirements specified in DPIE SSD 7676 development consent conditions have been addressed and complied with. Relevant documentation has been submitted to DPIE, EPA and other regulators. The Site will continue to be monitored and maintained by Jemena, as per the requirements of the Site Auditor Approved Long Term Environmental Management Plan (LTEMP).
Project Background and History
The Clyde Street Newcastle site operated as a gasworks from 1913 to 1985 under the Newcastle Gas & Coke 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 and remediation planning, which has been undertaken in consultation with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Newcastle City Council, and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPI&E).
In August 2011 the NSW EPA declared the 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 remediation of the site.
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 DPI&E was the submission of a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA). This was completed in late May 2016, followed by a clarification addendum in July 2016. On 15 June 2016 DPI&E chaired a planning focus meeting with the relevant agencies, Jemena, and its consultants. The next step was for the DPI&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.
The SEARs were issued by the DPI&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 was prepared in accordance with the provisions of the EP&A Act and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 and addresses DPI&E’s SEARs issued for the Project on 8 September 2016.
The MO was further modified by the EPA on 26 October 2018, and was updated to reflect Jemena’s requirements for management of the site following remediation works being completed.
Environmental Impact Statement
DPI&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, and was assessed by DPI&E with input from a number of other relevant agencies.
Information for residents
Jemena would like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding through-out the completion of this important environmental remediation project.
Jemena held a number of Project information sessions in the local area during project planning and as the project progressed. Regular community notifications were distributed via letterbox drop for the duration of the Remediation works and a project email and 1800 number was available to enable open communication, questions and feedback about the Project at all times during the project works. Jemena also arranged briefing and progress update meetings with local community members and groups to ensure information about the progress was shared with the community.
We thank all residents for their attendance at events and meetings, as well as their valuable feedback.
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