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Wednesday, 13 November 1985
Page: 2115

(Question No. 418)


Senator Puplick asked the Minister representing the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Enironment, upon notice, on 21 August 1985:

(1) What storm water run-off occurs from the Holsworthy Army Base into the Georges River which might contain environmentally negative or toxic wastes.

(2) What monitoring processes exist to ensure that dangerous run-offs or spillages into the Georges River are avoided.


Senator Ryan —The Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) There is no storm water run-off from the Holsworthy Army Base into the Georges river which is known to contain environmentally negative or toxic wastes other than from normal roadways or parking areas throughout the area.

(2) All environmentally negative and toxic wastes such as those from vehicle washing, and kitchen waste and effluent, are treated and removed by contractor or drained and processed by the Army sewerage system.

However, the Moorebank sewage treatment plant which processes and discharges waste from the Moorebank military area into the Georges River above the Liverpool Weir has become overloaded at times in the past. This plant is soon to be decommissioned and the area waste is to be re-routed via a new sewage main, currently under construction, to the more modern Holsworthy sewage treatment works.