Clyde Street Remediation Project

Welcome to the web site for the Clyde Street Remediation Project. We hope that this site will provide you with a range of useful information about the project which will allow you to feel informed. We encourage you to ask any questions you have and/or offer any suggestions that may help to improve the project overall.

The Clyde Street site operated as a gasworks from 1913 to 1985 under Newcastle Gas Company. In 2006 Jemena acquired the site as part of a business transaction. Since that time, Jemena has committed to carrying out the remediation of contamination resulting from the historical operation of the site as a gasworks. Significant progress has been made with respect to contamination assessment. Remediation planning is being done in consultation with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Newcastle City Council, and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E). The first stage of the Clyde Street Remediation Project, preliminary remediation activities, commenced in late 2014 and was completed in late 2015.

This web site is just one way to read recent community updates and newsletters and find out about the project and its progress. You can also contact the project team using the contact details listed below. If you are looking for particular information and can’t find it here please get in touch.

The proposed remediation project

In August 2011 the NSW EPA declared the Clyde Street, Hamilton site to be 'Significantly Contaminated Land' under the NSW Contaminated Land Management Act. Since 2012, Jemena has been working within a Voluntary Management Proposal framework for the management and eventual remediation of contamination.

The NSW Minister for Planning declared the remediation project a ‘State Significant Development’ under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act on 29 October 2015. A Management Order (MO) issued by the EPA in late 2015 imposes timeframes for site assessment activities and the main remediation works. The date for physical commencement of remediation works is subject to completion of the planning approvals process.

Jemena is on schedule with respect to the site assessment activities set out in the MO and has embarked on the remediation approvals process.

Latest news

The Remediation Action Plan (RAP) was submitted to the EPA at the end of June 2016 as required by the MO.

The RAP has been reviewed by an EPA-accredited auditor and the RAP is now under review by EPA.

The first formal stage of preparing for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the DP&E is the submission of a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA). This was done in late May 2016, followed by a clarification addendum in July 2016. On 15 June 2016 the DP&E chaired a planning focus meeting with the relevant agencies, Jemena, and its consultants. Jemena now awaits DP&E’s issuing of its requirements for the remediation EIS, expected around mid-September 2016.

Jemena has held three community drop-in information sessions at different stages of the project, which have provided an opportunity for the local community to learn more about the project. The most recent drop-in session was held in March 2016 and provided information about a new boundary groundwater control system installed to minimise contaminated groundwater from flowing into Styx Creek. We thank all those who attended; your input was valuable. Click on the Community Consultation tab to learn more about the drop-in sessions and view the presentation material.

Information for residents

In June 2014 we sent our first project newsletter to around 1,000 neighbouring residents and businesses. Follow-up letters were sent in November 2014, August 2015 and March 2016. Copies of the community letters can be viewed here:
November 2014 letter
August 2015 letter
March 2016 letter

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