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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 65

(Question No. 4703)


Mr Tickner asked the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 7 October 1986:

Is a building being constructed adjacent to the Little Forrest Burial Ground of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission (AAEC) at Lucas Heights; if so, (a) to what use will it be put, (b) does it have any use related to a sanitation unit for the AAEC, (c) what is its size, (d) will there be any discharge from it, (e) how far from residential housing is it being constructed, (f) was any approval sought for its construction from the Sutherland Shire Council, and (g) was the Sutherland Shire Council consulted in any way prior to its construction; if so, what was the nature of the consultation.


Mr Barry Jones —The Minister for Resources and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(a) and (b) A complex of buildings is being developed by the NSW Metropolitan Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) over a kilometre away from the Little Forest Burial Ground as part of a regional landfill disposal depot which will replace the existing MWDA depot. A large portion of the development is on land owned by the Commonwealth inside the AAEC buffer zone and is subject to a lease arrangement issued by the Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services to the MWDA. The lease includes the following terms and conditions with regard to leachate and buildings:

Leachate: Control and Disposal holding dams-etc. Disposal, storage, transportation, pumping and other ancillary facilities for maintaining full control of leachate to be the responsibility of lessee-leachate control during all phases of waste disposal on the Commonwealth lands will be subject to all State and AAEC conditions, and Local Government laws, by laws, rules or regulations and charges.

Buildings: To comply to Sutherland Shire Council's standards, ordinances and/or regulations and to meet the approval of the Commonwealth which also reserves the rights to the retention or removal of the buildings at termination or cancellation of the lease.

The AAEC has separately entered into an arrangement with MWDA which will provide the latter with easements for electricity, water and sewerage services across AAEC land. Under this arrangement, liquid effluents and leachate originating at the MWDA site will be fed into the AAEC's effluent system for discharge to the Metropolitan Water, Sewage and Drainage Board's (MWS&DB) sewer line. This arrangement will obviate the expense and environmental impact associated with the MWDA constructing a longer pipeline to connect with the MWS&DB sewer line at another point.

(c)-(g) These are matters for the relevant State and local government authorities.