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Each businesses response and requirements will differ
according to the type of operation, as well as the severity and location of any
Emergency agencies will be communicating with businesses impacted by the
fire to ensure businesses disruption is kept to a minimum and employee health
is protected at all times.
Business Victoria has a free Business Continuity Plan template on its website.
contingency fire management plan is in place to ensure all fire prevention
measures continue, uninterrupted, regardless of any changes in site management.
Fire prevention measures continue on the site. Measures that have been undertaken to date include:
that will continue with the new management in place include:
If you do not need to be in the area, stay away from a landfill fire.
If you live or work close to the fire, avoid the smoke as much as possible by staying indoors until the fire is controlled or out. Keep windows and doors closed. Reduce physical activity, and if you have an existing heart or lung condition rest as much as possible.
If it is hot and you operate an air-conditioner, switch it to ‘recirculate’ or ‘reuse air’. This limits the amount of smoke particles coming inside.
If your home is uncomfortable, and it is safe to do so, consider taking a break away from the smoke.
Visit an area not affected by the smoke or visit a local air-conditioned building such as a library, community centre or shopping centre.
If it is safe to do so, check on elderly neighbours or other people who you think might need extra help.
to VCAT requirements, the site owners must implement a Fire Management Plan
which includes the following measures:
CFA has developed a number of response plans to mitigate the risk where
These plans include actions on initial response and the potential for
an escalating fire, and involve a number of aspects, including aviation
response, air monitoring, water supply and public information.
major exercise involving multiple agencies and organisations has been
undertaken which tested the work that we have done in developing a consequence assessment.
CFA, EPA and the City of Greater Geelong are continuing to work alongside other
agencies to further enhance our response plans, particularly leading into a
long, dry summer.
is a highly collaborative approach between the agencies to do all that is
possible to reduce the likelihood of fire and limit the impact to the
The CFA will be monitoring the site closely and providing regular
updates to the community on fire risk in the event of a fire.
In collaboration with the CFA incident controller, Victoria Police
is the responsible agency to manage and conduct any evacuation.
Any decision to evacuate will be dependent upon information
provided by the EPA as to air quality at any particular time and forecast air
Local residents may also be ordered to shelter indoors and refrain
from outdoor activity. You may be required to shut your windows and doors to
keep the smoke outside, among other measures.
We also encourage residents to stay up to date with weather
conditions and regularly check for fire warning updates during the fire season.
Warnings and updates regarding fires around Victoria are broadcast
Other ways to stay informed include:
well as enforcement action at VCAT, criminal charges have been brought against
the site operator C & D Recycling and its director, David McAuliffe, by the
City of Greater Geelong on a number of occasions:
& D Recycling is now insolvent and Mr McAuliffe is no longer is involved
with operations on the site.
The company that owns the Broderick Road recycling site, has been
placed into liquidation.
The site is now under the management of the
liquidator, Partners of PwC Australia.
TASCO, the company that owns the Broderick Road recycling site, has been placed into liquidation. The site is now under the management of the
liquidator, Partners of PwC Australia.
The responsibility for preparation of the rehabilitation plan is now
with PwC Australia. We expect the preparation of these plans to
Together with EPA Victoria, we are committed to seeking to hold TASCO
and its associated entities to account for the clean–up costs and remediation
of the Broderick Road site.
to a recent Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing, the
site contains an estimated 350,000 cubic metres of material.
The material mainly consists of construction and
demolition waste, with a small amount of tyres, plastics and household waste.
Under the VCAT orders, the site owner was required to conduct a sampling program to inform a fire management plan and rehabilitation plan for the site.
That sampling detected low levels of asbestos that did not exceed exposure standards.
and future plans for the site will be discussed as a priority between all
agencies involved and the liquidator for TASCO.
The responsibility for
preparation of the rehabilitation plan is now with PwC Australia, the
liquidator. We expect the preparation of these plans to continue.
All agencies will continue to work together to oversee the clean-up of
this site in the longer term.
size of the site and variety of materials make the removal process a
significant undertaking requiring careful planning to ensure all the waste is
disposed or distributed responsibly. This will take at least 12 months to
the City has limited statutory powers, we have taken all possible action to
prevent the site getting to its current state and to enforce timely rehabilitation.
As the new managers of the site, PwC
Australia is responsible for the clean-up of the site until it complies with
the planning permit conditions. These conditions include maximum stockpile
heights and types of materials allowed onsite.
No additional materials are permitted
to be brought onto the site for recycling until the City is satisfied that
there is full compliance with the existing planning permit.