Environmental assessments to take place

February 08, 2018

VicTrack and environmental firm BlueSphere Environmental will carry out routine environmental testing on land at the corner of Hogan and Casey Sts, Tatura, opposite Apex Park.

One groundwater monitoring well will be installed at the corner of Hogan and Thomson Sts and 13 groundwater monitoring wells will be sampled on either VicTrack or council-owned land.

VicTrack conducts numerous environmental assessments across railway land in Victoria.

These assessments are part of a proactive program to monitor, manage and clean-up railway land.

Tests and sampling works are carried out by experienced staff working under EPA standards.

Planned works are scheduled to take place on Monday, February 19, and Tuesday, February 20, from 7am to 5pm, and on Monday, February 26, to Friday, March 2, from 7am to 5pm.

These works are being carried out to investigate legacy pollution on the land and will only consider the current rail use of the land, and not future use.

Work zones will be identified by safety signage and have been timed to minimise impact on the community.

VicTrack said it apologised for any inconvenience or disturbance that these works may cause.

Narelle Simmons, acting group manager environment and sustainability, property group, VicTrack, said:

‘‘The works are part of ongoing environmental tests to manage and monitor contamination related to past historical uses of the site as a former mechanic.

‘‘The groundwater monitoring will help VicTrack assess if impacts in groundwater are being cleaned via natural processes.

‘‘The works will involve drilling and monitoring works to be done over consecutive weeks.

‘‘VicTrack will liaise with council and the local community to ensure they are aware of the works.’’

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