Development Victoria

Current Works

What is remediation and why does it need to take place?
Remediation deals with the removal of pollution or contaminants from environmental sources such as soil, groundwater, sediment or surface water.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Clean Up Notice and extensive remediation is required to create a safe and clean environment so that this currently derelict site can be redeveloped to provide new homes, a new school and sports courts for the community. 
The removal of this contaminated soil will deliver a cleaner, safer environment for the people of Fitzroy North.
How long is remediation going to take place?
Remediation works commenced in April 2019 and will take approximately two years.
Remediation activities have been carefully planned to minimise noise and other disruptions.
Phase 2 works will involve the excavation of contaminated material down to a depth of up to 10 metres. The materials will then be removed off-site to an approved processing facility.
Why is tree removal necessary?
Due to the extent of contamination on site, trees will be removed as part of the remediation works to satisfy the requirements of the EPA clean-up notice. To mitigate the loss of the existing vegetation, Development Victoria is committed to replacing trees on a minimum one-to-one basis. More information about tree planting will be available in the Development Plan for the site, once this is finalised.
What noise will be created during this process and what are you doing to mitigate excessive noise?
Remediation activities have been carefully planned to minimise noise and other disruptions.
The main sources of noise is likely to be truck movements to and from site, demolition, pilling and concrete breaking.
Noise and acoustic controls will be established in accordance with the approved Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP). All activities will be completed in accordance with Council and EPA regulations. Noise baffles and other protection for equipment will be used during the remediation.
Who do I contact to find out more about the remediation or report any concerns?
Enviropacific are leading the remediation works at Fitzroy Gasworks. If you have any questions please email or call 1300 510 407.
For more detailed FAQ’s please visit Enviropacific webpage.
How is the community represented in the development of this project?
A Community Reference Group (CRG) has been established with 18 members, to represent the broader community. The CRG is continuing to meet on an ongoing basis during the next phase of the project.
Is there another opportunity for the community to comment on the design?
We have completed two phases of community engagement in 2016 and 2017 where we were able to gather community input to inform a draft master plan for the site. We will continue to engage with the community to inform detail design and ensure up to date information is shared throughout the stages of remediation and future project milestones.
We anticipate engaging with the community in mid-2019. This engagement will be important to help shape the development of the development plan. A second round of engagement will take place prior to the final development plan submission, expected to take place in early 2020.
Has there been a decision on the Porter Shed and what is the outcome?
An application has been approved by Heritage Victoria to relocate the Heritage Listed Porter Iron Shed to a new location in Fairfield.
Relocation of the Porter Iron Store is required to enable the site to be effectively remediated and allow for the development of the new school.
Removal of the Porter Iron Store will be undertaken in accordance with Heritage Victoria’s requirements.
When is construction going to start?
It is anticipated that construction will commence in early 2021, subject to change.