Environmental fears for site
A WOODEND resident has described the site of a proposed housing estate beside the Bremer River as “an environmental disaster”.
Councillor for the area Cheryl Bromage said the site had been monitored by engineers and the council would continue checking it.
But Nick White said contaminated soil had washed off the Riverlinks Central site into the river during flooding over the past week.
Mr White said earth-moving was being conducted at the North Ipswich site behind The Workshops Rail Museum just before Christmas.
He said developer Leda Holdings was shifting “mountains of contaminated fill” into the river flood plain ready for construction of units.
“The site is supposedly closely monitored by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) and Ipswich City Council (ICC) to ensure no contaminants leave the site, which is on the Contaminated Sites Register,” Mr White said.
“But no one was monitoring during the recent minor flooding. Not DERM, not ICC, not Leda.
“In the light rain of December 19, silt fences on the site had run-off pouring over them. Of course, most of these silt fences were submerged in the recent flooding, washing toxic contaminated fill into the river system.
“The construction phase is an environmental disaster – with token silt fences. Residents have been calling for a flood plan to prevent contaminated fill leaving the site.”
Councillor Bromage said she was aware residents, including Mr White, had concerns about the Riverlinks Central plan.
She said that as part of the development, Leda had to clean up the contaminated soil from the former railway workshops so it could be used as a public space.
“The application was assessed by Main Roads and the EPA and Nick has raised this issue before. Every week we’ve sent engineers and each time they’ve come back and said it’s fine,” Cr Bromage said.
“We haven’t been out there since the floods but I have no dramas about sending an engineer out again next week.”
A Leda spokesman was not available for comment.