This high profile 100 hectare Moorebank site was required to be transferred from Defence to another Federal Government Department and managed for conservation purposes as a biodiversity offset for the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal project.
A tight timeline and multiple human health and environmental receptors meant that OPEC had to manage and control the associated risks posed by the identified contaminants of concern such as heavy metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, asbestos and 11 hectares of the site that were contaminated with Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from past Defence activities. There were also highly sensitive ecological receptors such as threatened ecological communities, threatened plants, threatened fauna habitats, wetlands and aquatic habitats. The site was governed by a strict “Threatened Species Permit” issued by The Department of the Environment.
Remediation strategies were devised and implemented that met with the client’s remediation goals and timeline, thus enabling the future use of the site as a biodiversity offset, meeting the requirements of the relevant stakeholders and that all identified hazards to human health and the environment were reduced to an acceptable level.