Residents have their questions answered at community information session

MEDIA RELEASE: 20 October 2008

Residents who live in the neighbouring estate to the Stevensons Road closed landfill heard the latest information and had their individual questions answered at a community information session held last Thursday at Casey Fields in Cranbourne East.

City of Casey officers, joined by representatives of the CFA, Environment Protection Authority, Department of Human Services and ENSR Australia, provided information on the community information program; latest works on the landfill site, in the estate and in homes to mitigate the risk of methane; rates rebate; Community Reference Group; grants and community support; plus planning matters.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Janet Halsall said that following the community information session held at the Balla Balla Centre on 25 September, residents had made it clear that their preference for receiving information was on a more casual basis and not in a public meeting style format.

‘From the survey we conducted, it’s clear that street corner meetings and drop-in style community information sessions are two of the most important ways in which residents wish to receive information about the issue’, said Cr Halsall.

‘The community information session was a great success with eight separate information booths, photographic displays and a scrolling PowerPoint presentation.’

Residents had questions covering a variety of topics such as insurance and finance issues, the in-home monitoring program, community grants and future plans for the estate; however, the information booth about works being undertaken to help stem the gas migration from the closed landfill, was by far the busiest during the evening.

Summary of works in the estate:

  • Replacement of solid stormwater pit lids with grated stormwater pit lids has commenced in the area east of the powerlines. 26 grated lids have been installed to date, and these are being replaced at a rate of 5 per week and after 1 November, will increase to 10 per week until completed.
  • Passive vents have been installed on nature strips. These pipes help to release methane into the air that may be travelling along the outside of the underground services. Most of these vents are releasing low volumes of methane; however, these levels are not of concern.
  • Sealing of conduits between electrical supply pits and meter boxes is continuing although most in the affected areas have now been completed.

Summary of monitoring program:

  • A comprehensive monitoring program continues in homes and throughout the estate:
     

    Stormwater pits monitored

     219

    Electrical pits monitored

    242
     

    In-home monitors

    277
     

    Passive vents in streets

    140
     

    Gas bores

    122 

 Summary of works in houses:

  • Cowl vents are being installed in some houses to provide further ventilation – 55 houses have had vents installed to date.
  • The base of meter boxes is being sealed in some homes – 125 have been sealed to date.
  • Where methane has been detected in cupboards, the waste pipes are being sealed with silicone where they penetrate the floor slab.
  • Placing of vents in outer walls to ensure adequate ventilation below floors in houses built on stumps in areas where methane has been detected is also proceeding.