Clean up of the Liddell’s site, Bendigo Regional Park
On 7 February 2009 a fire started to the north of the Bendigo Regional Park, and burnt areas of the park including a site on Derwent Gully Road known as the Liddell’s site. This area contains tailings, including calcine sands, that are left over from its history as a gold mining operation.
EPA Victoria requires Parks Victoria to manage the site to ensure protection of the environment and community.
As the fires removed vegetatation from the site, there has been a heightened need to contain dust and it is currently covered in a ‘blanket’ of hydromulch. This is a temporary measure that has been put in place whilst a longer term solution is planned and implemented.
To determine the longer term solution, an independent environmental audit and clean up plan have been completed. The clean up plan requires the importing of clean fill to cap the calcine sands and for the site to be revegetated. These works are likely to take three to four months.
As the site manager, Parks Victoria has been working closely with local residents since the fire, and there have been regular updates, meetings and discussions throughout the audit process and clean up plan development.
Some residents have recently raised concerns about the clean up plan requirements, and EPA Victoria is organising for the issues they have raised to be evaluated by an independent expert. The clean up plan will start when the evaluation has been completed and discussed directly with the local residents.Desktop review to clarify the potential risks to nearby residents from calcine sands at the Liddell’s Calcine Sands site (PDF 2MB)
An independent report by CRC CARE addressing concerns raised by the community in relation to Liddell’s Calcine Sands.
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