Kendall Bay sediment remediation project
Welcome to the Kendall Bay Sediment Remediation Project website. This website has been established to provide information about the project to remediate Kendall Bay and to seek community feedback throughout the planning and proposed remediation works.
Kendall Bay is located on the Parramatta River in the City of Canada Bay Local Government Area. It is approximately 10 km from the CBD and sits between the suburbs of Cabarita and Breakfast Point.
Why is Remediation Required?
The proposed remediation site is located in the headwaters of Kendall Bay (Sydney Harbour), which is located adjacent to the Breakfast Point development site. The contamination of the sediments in Kendall Bay was the result of historic industrial discharges from the adjacent former AGL Mortlake Gasworks site (currently the Breakfast Point development).
With the completion of remediation at Breakfast Point, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) focused on remediating contaminated sediments within areas of Kendall Bay. AGL signed a Voluntary Remediation Agreement (VRA) with the NSW EPA in 2005. The VRA committed AGL to further investigations with the view to remediate the sediments within the bay, where necessary. Jemena inherited AGL’s VRA obligations in late 2006 when the AGL Group was split up. Following these investigations, it has been confirmed by the EPA that the remediation of parts of Kendall Bay is required to address health and environmental risks posed by contamination. The remediation process is regulated by the NSW EPA.
Due to the complexities of the project and to ensure minimal disruption to the community, Jemena continues to engage extensively with specialist consultants, remediation contractors and government departments. This will ensure the remediation project is appropriately scoped, planned and implemented.
An important component of the project planning is consulting with the community. Jemena is committed to engaging with the local community as we proceed towards remediation, Jemena is also working towards obtaining the necessary statutory approvals required before any remediation works can commence.
To see site notices and records in relation to Kendall Bay visit the NSW EPA Website.
The Project Team
The Project Team includes Remediation Director Graham Funch and Remediation Manager Peter O’Dea. For further information on the team please see the August 2016 Newsletter here.
You are welcome to drop by the Site Office (140 Tennyson Road, Mortlake) at any time to meet the team and discuss the project.
Following recent sampling and scientific investigations, Jemena is now completing the Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA), the Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) and the new Remediation Action Plan (RAP). These will be submitted to the EPA-accredited Site Auditor and the EPA for review and endorsement. The RAP will then be finalised.
The RAP provides a framework for the preferred remediation methodology (i.e. how the remediation will be undertaken). This is expected to be completed in early 2017.