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  • Share: proposal by Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd to modify its consent to allow the on-site treatment and management of contaminated soils contained at the former Kurnell refinery, will be on exhibition from today for community consultation.

The Department of Planning and Environment is keen to hear the community’s views on the proposal for 2 Solander Street in Kurnell, which seeks to:

  • construct and operate an on-site containment cell for asbestos contaminated soils (ACS) and an associated wastewater collection system
  • excavate and transport ACS to the containment cell
  • construct and operate a temporary on-site bioremediation area for treating soils contaminated with fuels, prior to its disposal in the ACS containment cell or off-site (if required).

The Planning Assessment Commission placed strict asbestos management conditions on the applicant in August 2015 for the demolition and removal of redundant refinery infrastructure, which would still apply to the proposed modification if approved. 

The conditions relate to the safe and appropriate monitoring, handling, transport and disposal of any asbestos encountered in accordance with the requirements of SafeWork NSW and other relevant guidelines.  

A spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Environment said the local community always has an opportunity to share their views.
“Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive,” the spokesperson said.

“This feedback is taken into consideration as part of the assessment.
“It’s easy to participate by going online and we encourage everyone to take a look and have their say.” 

To make a submission or view the Modification Application and accompanying documents, visit

Submissions can be made from Thursday 20 October until Wednesday 2 November 2016.

Written submissions can also be made to: 

Department of Planning and Environment
Attn: Director – Industry Assessments
GPO Box 39 
Sydney NSW 2001 

The Modification Application and accompanying documents are also available to view in person at: 

  • Department of Planning and Environment: Information Centre, Level 22, 320 Pitt Street, Sydney
  • Sutherland Shire Council: 4-20 Eton Street, Sutherland
  • Cronulla Library: 38-60 Croydon Street, Cronulla.

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