Environmental investigation at historical Waratah gasworks
Site contamination exists in most urbanised areas in the Australia, and Newcastle is no exception, particularly suburbs on or near former industrial land. Like all industrialised cities, Newcastle has contaminated sites that are the direct result of historical practices such as gasworks. Over 60 former gasworks sites have been identified in NSW, including five sites in Newcastle.
Newcastle City Council is conducting an environmental investigation at the site of an historical gasworks in Waratah. Council initiated the investigation in mid-2016, after advice from the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that a former gasworks may have operated on land bounded by Ellis, Turton and Georgetown roads.
Council records did not contain evidence of any former gasworks at this location, but a review of historical sources confirmed that Waratah Municipal Council operated a gasworks in Waratah from 1889 to 1926. The investigation aims to better understand the nature and extent of potential gasworks related contamination present at the site, and what mitigation measures, if any, may be required to address potential risks.
For enquiries about the Environmental Investigation please contact Newcastle City Council's Regulatory Services on 02 4974 2522, Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5pm. For more information about related matters, please see:
- Specific health advice: Your doctor
- General health information: Huner New England Local health District: 1300 066 055.
- Other contamination information: NSW EPA Environment Line 13 15 55
You will find the latest updates about the environmental investigation, site map and project timeline here.
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