Fuel leakage containment in works

COFFS Harbour City Council has sent a Voluntary Management Proposal for an air sparging system to control Coramba’s fuel contamination to its lawyers for review.

The voluntary management proposal is required by the Environmental Protection Authority.

A public relations spokesperson for the council said following that legal review, the proposal would have to go to the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water for agreement.

“Once that agreement is given, the engagement of the contractors can be finalised and they can begin work,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, a legal case involving Coramba residents Peter and Belinda Attwill, the owners of the Coramba Service Station and Coffs Harbour City Council is inching its way towards its day in the Supreme Court in Sydney.

A spokeswoman for Gadens Lawyers, which is representing the Attwill family in the case, said they had filed all their evidence; the defendants’ evidence was due to be filed tomorrow and they were due to go back to court on May 7.

Peter Attwill first reported petrol leaking from a bank on his Coramba property in 2002.

After a number of studies and drilling of boreholes around the town in 2006, the Coramba Fuel Contamination Interagency Community Working Party was formed to work on remediation

A grant funding application was submitted to the NSW Environmental Trust by Council in May 2007 and the NSW Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water made $895,000 available for the work in June 2007.

In February 2009 Council submitted a Major Project Application and Detailed Environmental Assessment under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act (EP&A Act), to the NSW Department of Planning, seeking the Minister’s approval to construct and operate a groundwater remediation technology in Martin Street, Coramba.



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