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Ausnet Services undertaking environmental assessments at former gasworks sites

AusNet Services is undertaking environmental assessment works to better understand the soil and groundwater conditions at three former gasworks sites in Hamilton, Portland and Warrnambool.

Between Monday 20 April to Friday 24 April, workers will be on site for one day at each location to complete the works, which involve scraping topsoil to a maximum depth of 30 centimetres.

The local community may notice an increase in the number of maintenance vehicles in each area and workers on site and in adjacent areas while the works take place.

The locations of the gasworks sites are:

  • 2-16 Craig Street, Hamilton
  • 25 Glenelg Street, Portland
  • Wellington Road, Warrnambool

AusNet Services is committed to regularly updating the community throughout the environmental assessment works and will provide more information about next steps once the site conditions are confirmed.

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What are the works? Why are they taking place?

AusNet Services is undertaking environmental assessment works to better understand the soil and groundwater conditions at three former gasworks sites.

What do the works involve?

The assessment works involve workers scraping topsoil to a maximum depth of 30 centimetres at each site and in some nearby areas.

When and where are they taking place?

The assessments will take place from Monday 20 April, with workers on site at each location for one day between 8am and 5pm. The community may notice workers setting up on the day prior to works commencing.

 

The dates and addresses of each location are:

  • 2-16 Craig Street, Hamilton (Tuesday 21 April)
  • 25 Glenelg Street, Portland (Wednesday 22 April)
  • Wellington Road, Warrnambool (Thursday 23 April)

How will this impact the community?

Most works will take place inside the former gasworks sites, and some works will be required in the surrounding area adjacent to the sites.

Adjacent and nearby community members may notice an increase in the number of maintenance vehicles in each area and workers on site and in adjacent areas while the works take place.

How is AusNet Services keeping the community informed about this project?

AusNet Services is committed to regularly updating the community throughout the environmental assessment works and will provide more information about next steps once the site conditions are confirmed and a strategy is established.

Is it safe to do these works during the COVID-19 pandemic?

With the recent impact of COVID-19 our environment is changing. Our priority is always the health and safety of everyone we work with. We’re monitoring and continually adjusting to a rapidly shifting situation. We are working to integrate all official guidelines into our work, and we are looking ahead in anticipation of further change.

Why is AusNet Services undertaking these works?

At AusNet Services, safety is a way of life. We never compromise on safety and we are committed to ensuring that our customers are provided with a safe, reliable and efficient supply of energy for their homes and businesses.

We own and operate a gas distribution network supplying natural gas to more than 720,000 residential and business customers in Melbourne’s west, and central and western Victoria. We do this through 12,000 kilometres of underground gas pipelines. These works are in line with this commitment t safety.