Otway Coast Committee

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3rd Feb. 2015 - Apollo Bay Foreshore – Final Clearance from EPA

Apollo Bay Foreshore – Final Clearance from EPA

The OCC received final clearance from the EPA on Tuesday this week that all foreshore Clean Up Notices have been completed.

As a consequence the OCC have begun to restore the Apollo Bay foreshore to public use, with grass seed planted this week.

Over the last two weeks the OCC, in partnership with the Golf Club, engaged an Occupational Hygienist, and Class A removalist company to check all suspect sites and remove any fragments of cement sheeting found.  On the 4 foreshore sites an additional 7 small pieces were found after a thorough inspection.

Expert opinion considers this a low risk event.

However the EPA 'Clean Up Notices' were only for Asbestos.

Given the OCC was supplied with 'Clean Fill' that clearly wasn't 'Clean Fill'; the OCC was concerned that other contaminants may be present.

As a precaution and to ensure no further risk to the public was present, the OCC engaged Hazcon Pty Ltd, to undertake extensive testing for other contaminants in line with the EPA's protocol 'Vic EPA IWRG621'.

These tests look for a broad list of possible soil contaminants from heavy metals to hydrocarbons, pesticides and volatile organic compounds.

That testing revealed that all foreshore sites are clear of any other contaminants; as well as now being free of AC sheeting fragments.

At all times public safety has been the OCC's number one priority and will continue to be a priority as we manage public land for the benefit of all users.

Gary McPike, Executive Officer   0419 301 311

OCC Office: (03) 5237 6577