Adelaide Street contamination activists making progress in fight


Arthur McHugh with other local residents concerned about contamination in Hazelmere.
Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d446917
Arthur McHugh with other local residents concerned about contamination in Hazelmere. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d446917

LOT 20 Adelaide Street Community Awareness Group members are making progress after months of campaigning.

Residents in the community group have called on the State Government, as well as the Shire of Kalamunda and City of Swan, to take action over the contaminated site in Adelaide Street, Hazelmere.

The group wants the contaminants to no longer pose a danger to residents living in Jacaranda Springs Estate.

On December 9, the Department of Environment Regulation (WA) issued a Hazard Abatement Notice to the property owner Hazelland Pty Ltd.

The abatement notice sets out a number of requirements that the landowner needs to meet in order to make the site safer for locals nearby.

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The abatement notice requires the landowners to build and maintain secure permanent fencing and warning signs at the site within four weeks of the notice being issued.

“The notice also requires the company’s consultant to safely construct firebreaks,” a representative from the Department of Environment Regulation (DER) said.

“The consultant is required to prepare a Health and Safety Plan to safely manage the construction of the firebreaks and a Community Consultation Plan, targeted at residents and community members from adjoining sites.

“Under the notice, both plans are required to be reviewed by an independent and accredited auditor, which will provide a report to DER on their adequacy. DER will then approve or reject the plans, based on advice from the Department of Health.

“The firebreaks are to be constructed within two weeks of the completion of this community consultation.”

Resident Arthur McHugh said the firebreaks meant more dust had been stirred up and sent across the houses opposite.

“Where there had been plants and bushes to catch the dust and dirt, now there is not anything to stop it blowing into our homes,” he said.