More Drilling – Old Gas & Fuel site on Smith Street (median of Alexandra Parade)

We have just been made aware that Linking Melbourne Authority has advised local councils that “three additional bores are to be drilled in the vicinity of the old Gas & Fuel site on Smith street; one to the east; and two to the west; all within the median of Alexandra Parade.  The appropriate licences have been obtained from Southern Rural Water Commission.

These bores are being drilled so that the contamination status of soil and water can be determined (potentially impacted by the former gas manufacturing activities at the GFCV site).  These bores will be constructed to prevent potential cross contamination of aquifers.

The drilling team will be dressed wearing white overalls, and possibly wearing face masks.

Drilling will commence tomorrow.  Soil and water samples will be collected, and permanent bore structures will be installed so that additional sampling of the groundwater can be undertaken in the future, if required”.

Due to both the late notice and the commencement of planning for several up-coming major protests, we are not calling a “snap rally” tomorrow.  However, it is an opportunity for us to again make our views known – so please keep up the letters, emails and site comments to your local councilors, Linking Melbourne and the state government.

It counts and maintains the momentum for Doncaster Rail – Not Roads!

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