More than 100,000 cubic metres of material has been removed from the illegal stockpile on Broderick Road, Lara, as the final stage of Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s (EPA) clean-up project continues.
EPA Broderick Road Clean Up Project Manager Carl Gray says all pre-processed stockpiles have now been removed from the site, including piles of timber, plasterboard, soil and mulch.
Mr Gray says the remaining waste onsite is spread across two large stockpiles.
“We have now finished removing the middle section of one of the two remaining stockpiles, which was made up of about 20,000 cubic metres of rock, brick, concrete and soil,” Mr Gray said.
“Some of this material will be recycled, while the remainder has been taken to landfills licensed to accept the material,” he said.
“The rest of the content in the two remaining stockpiles is mixed construction and demolition waste, which will be recycled where possible.”
EPA expects the task of removing the site’s remaining two large stockpiles, containing more than 200,000 cubic metres of waste, will take until 2022.
“EPA’s priority is to prevent harm from pollution and waste by ensuring the removal works are carried out safely, efficiently and with minimal impact to neighbouring businesses, the community and the environment,” Mr Gray said.
“There are strict controls in place to reduce or eliminate the impacts of noise, dust and traffic, and the removal of all contaminated material adheres to stringent EPA and WorkSafe guidelines,” he said.
EPA continues to take the risk of a fire at the site very seriously.
“We’re working with the principal contractor, Fire Rescue Victoria and other agencies to enhance the extensive fire risk mitigation measures and do all that is possible to reduce the likelihood of fire and minimise any potential impact on the community and environment.”
The Broderick Road Clean Up Project is being overseen by EPA through powers under the Environment Protection Act 1970.