Shared from the 6/12/2017 Moreland eEdition

FAWKNER

No housing on toxic factory land until audit clears the way

MORELAND Council has confirmed a toxic site in Fawkner could only be rezoned residential if it passes an environmental audit.

In May, the Moreland Leader reported that the site of the former Nufarm Factory at 100-102 McBryde St was listed for sale as residential land on a real estate website.

The site is in an industrial zone, with a planning permit pending council approval for the construction of two warehouses.

The land is listed as category three under the council’s Moreland Industrial Land Strategy 2015-2030, meaning it has been identified as appropriate for rezoning to residential, but only after a comprehensive audit takes place.

The last audit on the site was completed in 1995, which led to a clay cap established on top of the toxic soil to keep chemicals from escaping.

“The environmental audit undertaken at that time only involved remediation to a level that would enable light industrial, rather than residential use,” said Moreland director of planning and economic development Kristen Coster.

“A further audit would therefore be required to determine whether residential use was appropriate for the land.”

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