This document outlines the Framework for Managing Contaminated Land and Potentially Contaminated Land in the City of Casey (the “Framework”). The Framework has been prepared to allow City of Casey to undertake an assessment of the potential for land contamination at Council owned land. It is understood that this assessment will be used by City of Casey to compile a database / register of land assessed to be contaminated or potentially contaminated that can be used by Council officers for decision making.
The development of the database / register is supported by the Victorian Auditor- General’s Report “Managing Contaminated Sites” (Victorian Auditor-Generals Office [VAGO], 2011). This report highlights the importance of councils having complete and accurate information that identifies the known extent of potentially contaminated land across the whole municipality. In addition, the Report recommends that councils should:
- Develop systems to capture ongoing site conditions to inform their compliance monitoring activities around the development, management and clean-up of contaminated sites.
- Develop compliance monitoring program and enforcement processes, consistent with better practice, and perform these activities on a routine basis.
- Assess the level of expertise and financial resources required to accurately manage and clean up high-risk sites.