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Question Without Notice No. 801 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 September 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 13 September 2018

SWAN RIVER — VICTORIA QUAY — SITE REMEDIATION

801. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I have been alerted to potential contamination in the Swan River at Victoria Quay in Fremantle.

(1) Has the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation been notified of old diesel steel pipes that have been dumped in Victoria Quay?

(2) If yes to (1) —

(a) when was the department notified and what actions did it take to remediate;

(b) did the department or the port authority conduct the work to remove the dumped material or did it contract the work out; and, if so, to whom;

(c) were any contaminants associated with the dumped material; and, if so, how were these handled; and

(d) have all the materials now been removed; and, if not, why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes.

(2) (a) The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation was notified on 2 August 2018. On 3 August 2018, a DWER inspector initiated inquiries and provided details to the Fremantle Port Authority of the location and nature of the material that is alleged to have been discarded.

(b) The Fremantle Port Authority advised DWER that Caltex Australia has engaged a dive contractor to undertake a survey of the seabed. The survey has been completed and a report is currently being prepared for the Fremantle Port Authority. This information will assist the port authority in determining the responsible party for site remediation. The matter remains under investigation by DWER.

(c) This is yet to be confirmed.

(d) No. See the response to part (b).