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Find Macquarie Point's news and updates here.


For Media Contacts:

amira.vaatstra@stategrowth.tas.gov.au
6166 4000

  • MEDIA RELEASE - Remnants of historic pipeline identified at Mac Point site

    6 days ago
    Pipe
    A network of pipelines that run underground across Macquarie Point is currently being identified as part of the planned remediation work taking place on site.

    Macquarie Point Development Corporation’s CEO, Mary Massina, said locating the one kilometre track of pipelines is a difficult process.

    “The original pipelines are believed to be approximately one metre below the surface and date back to 1929, although additions were made over time including a navy oil pipeline installed to refuel vessels in 1943.

    “The pipelines which run along the eastern edge of the Macquarie Point site, and lead into the central area o were...

    A network of pipelines that run underground across Macquarie Point is currently being identified as part of the planned remediation work taking place on site.

    Macquarie Point Development Corporation’s CEO, Mary Massina, said locating the one kilometre track of pipelines is a difficult process.

    “The original pipelines are believed to be approximately one metre below the surface and date back to 1929, although additions were made over time including a navy oil pipeline installed to refuel vessels in 1943.

    “The pipelines which run along the eastern edge of the Macquarie Point site, and lead into the central area o were used for the transfer of petroleum products to the former Oil Berth, located in the position of the current Wastewater Treatment Plant.

    “And although the location of the pipelines have been recorded over time, history is not always accurate, so it will be a case of trial and error to locate the track,” Ms Massina said.

    Macquarie Point Development Corporation has contracted ADETRA Pty Ltd to undertake the task of identifying just where the pipelines lay, a process which includes scanning the site then using a hydro vacuum excavator to blast through the soil with water.

    “After using this process and locating the pipeline, we will endeavour to remove it by draining any residual liquids from the pipe then excavating the pipeline carefully, as well as any potentially contaminated soil.

    “This may be conducted in sections as works progress on each area of Macquarie Point, with sections of pipe capped between works.” Ms Massina concluded.

    Work to remove the pipelines from the site is expected to be completed by April next year.

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    Media contact – Amira Vaatstra 0438 132 939


  • MEDIA RELEASE - Contract awarded for Mac Point remediation work

    13 days ago
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    2 October 2019

    A firm with a strong local presence has been selected to begin remediation work on the first approved portion of land at Macquarie Point.

    Synergy Resource Management Pty Ltd willbegin cleaning up the area along the northern boundary of the site, with workincluding; excavation, the removal of concrete, demolition of a shed, the removal of the former concrete batching plant and the stockpiling of soil.

    Macquarie Point Development Corporation CEO, Mary Massina said it’s an exciting time for the project.

    “We are pleased and excited to have a local company undertake the first stages of remediation...

    2 October 2019

    A firm with a strong local presence has been selected to begin remediation work on the first approved portion of land at Macquarie Point.

    Synergy Resource Management Pty Ltd willbegin cleaning up the area along the northern boundary of the site, with workincluding; excavation, the removal of concrete, demolition of a shed, the removal of the former concrete batching plant and the stockpiling of soil.

    Macquarie Point Development Corporation CEO, Mary Massina said it’s an exciting time for the project.

    “We are pleased and excited to have a local company undertake the first stages of remediation work which will include the removal of around 6,000 tonnes of soil from the site.

    The tender process was comprehensive, with Synergy Resource Management the obvious choice because of their extensive experience in the field of remediation,” Ms Massina said.

    Macquarie Point Development Corporation has engaged the services of AECOM Pty Ltd in the role of Project Remediation Consultant to assist with the development, implementation and ongoing oversight of the remediation strategy for the Macquarie Point site.

    “AECOM has developed a technical specification to provide a framework for the remediation of this parcel of land and will oversee all remediation work taking place on the site and will work closely with Synergy Resource Management in achieving that.

    The contract for $594,000 worth of remediation work will help to support around 20 local jobs and is expected to be completed by December this year.” Ms Massina said.

    A Request for Tender for the remediation work was advertised on 27 July 2019 and closed on 14 August 2019.

    The work is due to begin on site in early October 2019. 

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    Contact:

    Amira Vaatstra

    Strategic Media and Communications Consultant

    P: 0438 132 939

  • RADIO INTERVIEW - From slaughter yard to industrial site. What's next for Hobart's Mac Point?

    14 days ago

    CEO Mary Massina and COO and head engineer Greg Cooper spoke to Ryk Goddard on ABC Hobart on Thursday the 26th of September about the past and future of the site, and what work needs to be done.

    Click the link below to listen.

    On Breakfast with Ryk Goddard

    CEO Mary Massina and COO and head engineer Greg Cooper spoke to Ryk Goddard on ABC Hobart on Thursday the 26th of September about the past and future of the site, and what work needs to be done.

    Click the link below to listen.

    On Breakfast with Ryk Goddard

  • OPINION EDITORIAL - Macquarie Point — the hazards that lie beneath

    20 days ago
    Remediation

    AS with all things, sometimes looks can be deceiving.

    When we take the time to look up and marvel at grand buildings and architectural feats, we often neglect the work, effort and care taken to establish what is considered the most important aspect of a building — its foundations.

    The foundations hold everything together and without getting that right we might never get a building off the ground.

    From an outsider’s perspective or as one who hasn’t been thoroughly involved with the Macquarie Point project, you might be forgiven for thinking not much has been done on site.

    It may...

    AS with all things, sometimes looks can be deceiving.

    When we take the time to look up and marvel at grand buildings and architectural feats, we often neglect the work, effort and care taken to establish what is considered the most important aspect of a building — its foundations.

    The foundations hold everything together and without getting that right we might never get a building off the ground.

    From an outsider’s perspective or as one who hasn’t been thoroughly involved with the Macquarie Point project, you might be forgiven for thinking not much has been done on site.

    It may look this way, but under the surface lies complexities that must be considered before taking even the first step to construction.

    Since the 1850s, Mac Point has had an industrial history which has been rich and varied; once used as drill halls for the army, an abattoir, a general dump, gas works and then finally becoming the home of Hobart’s rail yards.

    And we know that best practice wasn’t always considered in the early years of settlement.

    These uses have contributed to the many issues and hazards that lie beneath, and understanding the complex nature of how to deal with these issues has been a task the Macquarie Point Development Corporation takes with utmost responsibility.

    Since the reset of the development in late 2016, which required the corporation to begin again from scratch, we have been focused on issues such as title, planning rule requirements, legislation, remediation, infrastructure, geotechnical requirements and the site’s legacy issues.

    The Macquarie Point Development Corporation Act 2012 puts in place a higher level of remediation than any other site in Tasmania, with a requirement for sign-off by the Environmental Auditor.

    The process of remediating the 9.3 hectare site is complex, with many constraints. A large part of understanding the site was to firstly work out how groundwater travels across the land to make sure we knew how it was to be cleaned, analysing whether any diesel spills created an ecological hazard by leaching into the groundwater.

    More than 400 bore holes have been dug across the site and neighbouring areas to ensure there is a rigorous understanding of how water travels underground.

    Understanding and analysis of where contaminants were buried on site required the soil to be stockpiled, ahead of testing and removal.

    Redundant infrastructure is littered across the site, such as the old diesel and oil pipelines, water and storm water pipes, the electricity cabling and the easements associated with the infrastructure.

    The main sewer line for Hobart’s CBD runs through the site, posing problems that require well-informed solutions. And that’s what the corporation has been busy doing — working hard to achieve solutions.

    In a Tasmanian and a Mac Point first, the Environmental Auditor has now signed off on the first parcel of land earmarked as the potential site of the Antarctic and Science Precinct.

    Signing off on this first parcel of land should give all Tasmanians confidence that there is a rigorous and understood process that addresses the complexities of this site ahead of permanent development.

    The corporation has received planning approval in July this year for the next large scale remediation task associated with the development parcel under the escarpment.

    Further to this, the corporation has now submitted a $3 million development application to the Hobart City Council for further remediation work to clean up most of the site.

    And with the planning rules soon to be gazetted, this step will finalise the planning scheme allowing for permanent infrastructure to be established on site and open up land for development.

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get the vision right for one of the state’s most prized locations, and work is well under way to achieve that vision.

    This is an exciting time for Macquarie Point and the legacy we will leave will be one that is well considered, responsible and something to be enjoyed for generations to come.

    By Mary Massina CEO MPDC

    *this article originally appeared in The Mercury, September 25, 2019
  • MEDIA RELEASE - Development set to begin at Mac Point

    25 days ago
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    Development set to begin at Mac Point

    The first stages of development are progressing at Macquarie Point, with a $3 million application for remedial works at the site now lodged with the Hobart City Council.

    “This is an exciting time for Mac Point, with the application the first-step in seeing permanent development on site.

    These works complement the remediation work already undertaken with all work to be completed by the end of next year,” CEO of Macquarie Point Development Corporation, Mary Massina said.

    The proposed soil remediation work will be undertaken across most of the site to rid the...

    Development set to begin at Mac Point

    The first stages of development are progressing at Macquarie Point, with a $3 million application for remedial works at the site now lodged with the Hobart City Council.

    “This is an exciting time for Mac Point, with the application the first-step in seeing permanent development on site.

    These works complement the remediation work already undertaken with all work to be completed by the end of next year,” CEO of Macquarie Point Development Corporation, Mary Massina said.

    The proposed soil remediation work will be undertaken across most of the site to rid the area of contaminants such as spilt fuel, heavy metals and buried asbestos.

    “Contamination across the site is a legacy of past land uses, in particular railways, fuel handling and the former gasworks and is primarily related to fuel contamination and associated heavy metals.

    The focus of the remediation work will include the former mechanics pit, redundant oil and diesel fuel pipelines, the former round house refuelling areas and the area surrounding the SeaRoad’s shed as well as the area along the northern escarpment below the Cenotaph, which is the site earmarked for early permanent development.” Ms Massina said.

    National consulting firm, AECOM Australia, has been engaged to assist with the preparation of the remediation strategy, including; site sampling and analysis of contamination levels and contamination types through testing of soil, groundwater and air; preparation of ecological risk assessments; development of remediation management plans and technical specifications for implementation of contaminant removal, as well as ongoing oversight of the full program of remediation work.

    “Macquarie Point Development Corporation will ensure the strategy and implementation approaches being undertaken across the site will achieve independent Environmental Auditor certification that the land is safe for future development and undertaken in accordance with site specific environmental management plans.

    “Thismajor program of works will enable the Corporation to seek permanent development at the Macquarie Point precinct, with parcels of land on the market by mid-2020.” Ms Massina concluded.


  • MEDIA RELEASE - Green light for Mac Point Masterplan

    28 days ago
    Mary and minister

    The final hurdle to the once-in-a-lifetime development at Macquarie Point has been cleared, with permanent development set to occur on the site.

    Work can now begin on preparation of the site for the first parcels of land to go to market by mid-2020.


    With amendments approved through the Tasmanian Planning Commission, the door is now open for work that will attract investors and developers to the site, with hundreds of jobs to be created throughout the construction and ongoing operation of Mac Point.




    The final hurdle to the once-in-a-lifetime development at Macquarie Point has been cleared, with permanent development set to occur on the site.

    Work can now begin on preparation of the site for the first parcels of land to go to market by mid-2020.


    With amendments approved through the Tasmanian Planning Commission, the door is now open for work that will attract investors and developers to the site, with hundreds of jobs to be created throughout the construction and ongoing operation of Mac Point.