Temporary closure of a section of Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve (Hackett Transfer Station)

Territory and Municipal Services logoDirector of Parks, Conservation and Lands (PCL), Russell Watkinson today informed Canberrans that the old tip site area (Hackett Transfer Station) within the Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve will be closed temporarily from today, Tuesday 24 March 2009, due to remedial works.

“PCL has been made aware of environmental contamination on the old tip site within the Mt Ainslie Nature reserve. The five hectare site is approximately 400 metres east of the Phillip Avenue and Kellaway Street intersection in Hackett.

“PCL, the EPA and ACT Health are working together to investigate the extent of the  contamination and how to remediate the site.

“Although the area is considered not to pose any direct risk to public health and safety, it has been temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. Anyone who is concerned can contact ACT Health on 6205 1700 from 9am to 4:30pm,” Mr Watkinson said.

On Saturday 21 March an initial inspection of the area was undertaken by a qualified Asbestos removalist who identified low levels of bonded asbestos material. All visible material was removed on the same day.

PCL engaged an Asbestos Assessor to provide advice on its initial response. An Asbestos Management Plan is being developed to guide the full remediation of the site.

“Public notice signs and barrier tape across access tracks have been erected to prevent people from entering the area until remediation is complete,” Mr Watkinson said.

For further information please visit http://www.tams.act.gov.au/live/environment, or contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

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