Pollution test

February 13, 2018

VicTrack will install a groundwater well (blue dot) and conduct groundwater monitoring (red dots) in Tatura.

Routine environmental testing will be conducted on a slab of land in Tatura this month to investigate legacy pollution on land.

But one long-time councillor renewed calls for the land to be put to better use.

The drilling and monitoring works will aim to manage and monitor contamination.

The testing will centre around the corner of Hogan and Casey streets, opposite Apex Park, between February 19 and March2.

VicTrack conducted numerous environmental assessments across railway land, a statement from council read.

The assessments were part of a proactive program to monitor, manage and clean up railway land, it said.

A former councillor argues the land would be a great asset if better utilised.

Former long-standing Tatura councillor Kevin Ryan said conversations about what to do with the land had been ongoing for many years and he hoped commonsense would prevail.

He said there was interest in extending Mactier Park on to the land.

‘‘Eventually, something is going to happen there,’’ he said.

‘‘It is a shame.

‘‘It would be a wonderful acquisition for Tatura to get hold of that land and extend Mactier Park.’’

Mr Ryan said it was ‘‘a crying shame’’ to see the land idle.

A groundwater monitoring well will be installed at the intersection of Hogan and Thomson streets.

Thirteen groundwater monitoring wells will be sampled on VicTrack or Greater Shepparton City Council-owned land.

The works would only consider the current rail use of the land, and not future use, a statement read.

VicTrack apologises for any inconvenience or disturbance the works may cause.

A mechanic operated on the site for several years and council said contamination from fuel stored on-site and possible spills had led to contamination of the groundwater.

Environmental assessments have been conducted since at least 2010.

Groundwater monitoring will be carried out to help assess whether impacts in groundwater are being cleaned via natural processes.

Background provided by council said there was no risk to the public under the existing use of the site.

In the unlikely event that risks were identified, VicTrack would communicate them to the public, it said.

A number of car parking spaces will be out of action during the works period.

While traffic management staff will be in place, the council predicted no traffic or pedestrian delays.

Minimal noise and dust is expected from the well installation.

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