About the project
Property and Development NSW (PDNSW) is leading and managing the remediation of contaminated properties on the former Waratah Gasworks site in Newcastle.
In September 2021, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) advised owners and occupiers of impacted properties associated with the former Waratah Gasworks site of their intention to declare these properties as significantly contaminated land under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997.
At the same time, the EPA issued PDNSW with a Management Order to develop a remediation action plan (RAP)addressing the contamination issue.
PDNSW’s Environmental Service Group (ESG) is undertaking the works required under the Management Order, including demolition, excavation and remediation works in line with the approved RAP.
These works are being done in close consultation with all stakeholders, including residents and landholders within and adjacent to the area subject to the declaration, the EPA, the City of Newcastle (the council) and NSW Health.
The former Waratah Gasworks is understood to have operated on land bounded by Ellis, Turton and Georgetown roads, Waratah, from 1889 to 1926.
The NSW Government did not operate the gasworks, nor was it responsible for the contamination. However, in 2019 the NSW Government advised affected residents it would help manage the remediation process and work with landholders to clarify the options for remediation.
The initial stage of government’s involvement consisted of the EPA carrying out legal investigations into where the financial liability for the remediation work lay. This stage was to ensure, where possible, private industry would be held responsible for the pollution. PDNSW was unable to progress the remediation works while these legal investigations were underway.
While legal advice to date has not conclusively identified a liable party that can be held responsible for covering the cost of the remediation, ESG is now working to resolve the contamination issue.
- Remediation works begin on site in September 2023 and are expected to take up to 12 months to complete.
- ESG will continue to consult with affected residents and landowners and key stakeholders throughout the remediation process.
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