Remediation to begin at former BHP waste dump

Kooragang Island Image: www.hdc.nsw.gov.au

The Hunter Development Corporation (HDC) has awarded Georgiou Group a $5.8 million contract to remediate one of BHPs former waste dumps on Kooragang Island.

The Perth-based group will rehabilitate the 13ha land, previously used for the Mayfield steelworks from the 1960’s. It is part of a wider 60ha area the HDC is responsible for remediating on behalf of the NSW Government.

The 13 ha area is currently part of the state government’s lease on the Port of Newcastle.

Scot MacDonald, parliamentary secretary for the Hunter, said it was a major step in “addressing the industrial legacy of the site and protecting the port environment”, the Newcastle Herald reports.

“HDC has already coordinated the implementation of previous remediation works on the site, and the completion of this stage will bring the total to 33 hectares,” he said.

The state government is responsible for rehabilitation of the old BHP site and Kooragang Island following a 2002 agreement by the Carr Government, when the company relinquished its liabilities to the Crown in return for $100 million.

Valued at $1.74 million, the land was once held by the Office of Environment, then given to the Newcastle Port Corporation, before being leased.

 The remediation process is set for completion in June next year.