Remediation works – Jack Vanny Reserve

Asbestos removal and revegetation in north Maroubra

Jack Vanny Reserve, Maroubra

Background

Jack Vanny Reserve is located in north Maroubra and is approximately four hectares in size. It is zoned as Open Space/Recreational and contains open spaces, recreational areas, access to Mahon Pool and Amenities, car parks and clusters of vegetation.

On the 20 December 2017, Randwick City Council was issued with a ‘Clean-Up’ Notice by the NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Lot 1 Section 3 in Deposited Plan 758649, Mistral Point, Marine Pde, Maroubra (Jack Vanny Reserve). The EPA received an anonymous complaint by a member of the public concerning household and construction waste, including potential asbestos containing fragments within Jack Vanny Reserve.

Council immediately fenced off the affected area (located in the north-east section of the reserve) and has restricted all public access to the area since this time.

Council action

Since being issued with the ‘Clean-Up’ Notice by the NSW EPA, Randwick Council has been working cooperatively work the EPA to develop a remediation plan to remediate the affected areas so that public access can be safely restored.

Randwick Council has commissioned the services of a range of environmental experts, occupational hygenists and asbestos specialists to study the affected area and to produce a number of reports to inform Council, including:

  • Waste Classification report completed by Occupational Hygenist, Pickford and Ryder;
  • Detailed Asbestos Assessment report for the affected site specified by the EPA completed by a environmental consultant, JBS&G;
  • Human Health Risk Assessment completed by environmental consultant, JBS&G;
  • Asbestos in Soil Remediation Action Plan (RAP) completed by environmental consultant, JBS&G
  • Long Term Asbestos Management Plan completed by environmental consultant, JBS&G

The investigations have involved conducting above and below ground soil sampling, material testing and development of a Remediation Action Plan.

Jack Vanny Reserve is not a known former landfill site, so the asbestos is likely to be from building waste either formally or informally buried in the headland in the twentieth century.

For added certainty, Council also sampled the entire Jack Vanny Reserve including around the Mahon Pool area, car park and Coastal Walking Track heading south towards Maroubra Beach. The sampling found the asbestos was largely contained to the fenced area at the north-east of the reserve.

Clean-up works

Randwick Council has engaged a professional asbestos removal consultancy firm to safely remediate the reserve.

This work involves the bulk excavation and offsite disposal of the contaminated soil, installation of a membrane barrier and reinstatement of clean fill and revegetation. Some areas are being remediated by hand.

Jack Vanny Reserve proposed remediation area

Download a PDF of the Proposed Remediation Area PDF, 1739.01 KB.

Aerial photograph showing works to cap the area. Clean soil and new turf and plants are being planted.

Notification of works

Work is expected to commence during the week of 17 September 2018 and is due to be completed by December 2018 (weather pending). Works will be carried out Monday to Friday 7am to 3.30pm.

Randwick City Council is notifying affected nearby residents and property owners.

Environmental controls

Works are  being carried out by an accredited contaminant removalist and supervised by Council and an expert environmental consultancy firm. Environmental controls including air monitoring, noise, erosion and dust controls are being used to mitigate adverse impacts on the surrounding community.

Dust suppression systems including a temporary irrigation system located along the perimeter of the site area as well as the use of water carts and mains water will target work areas during soil removal and loading.

In addition, exposed asbestos impacted soil areas will be covered with water soaked geotextile fabric overnight and between work shifts to prevent the potential release of airborne fibres or dust particles.

Detailed information

Contact

For more information please contact Randwick City Council’s Projects team on 1300722542 or email council@randwick.nsw.gov.au

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