DARUG Elder Colin Gale wants the state government to reveal the extent of waste contamination on his ancestral land that is now part of a prime housing estate in Blacktown.
He lobbied local environmentalist Wayne Olling and NSW Greens MPs to ask Premier Barry O’Farrell and Environment Minister Robyn Parker about it after discovering decontamination work at the site last week.
Mr Gale showed the Sun several photos he took of the works at the site, which is part of a 12-hectare land grant given to Colebee and Nurragingy by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1816.
About half of the land was sold by the state government to Medallist Developments in 2006 for the establishment of Stonecutters Ridge housing area, which includes a Greg Norman-designed 18-hole golf course.
Mr Gale wants to know the nature of the contamination, who was responsible for it, who will remove it and any potential health hazards for future homeowners.
‘‘People who have, or may be purchasing, home blocks from the housing estate should be told of the site’s health dangers,’’ Mr Gale said.
‘‘ The site comprises about 12-ha across 14 lots that was used as a landfill site from 1971 to 1975.
‘‘The composition of the buried waste material included ammunition shells, general fill, industrial, commercial and household waste.’’
The Sun contacted Environment Minister Robyn Parker, who referred our query to Craig Lamberton, EPA director, Hazardous Incidents and Environmental Health.
Mr Lamberton said the EPA supported Blacktown Council’s management of the site through the development consent process, which would the contamination was removed by the landowner/developer so it was suitable for housing.
‘‘The EPA is aware of contamination in a small area of the site that consists of primarily polychlorinated biphenyls and heavy metals,’’ he said.
‘‘This contamination will be addressed in the redevelopment stage, which requires an EPA-accredited site auditor to review the outcomes of the clean-up and certify the suitability of the land for its proposed use.’’
Waverley Greens Aboriginal Councillor Dominic (Darugland Boondi Boondi) Wy Kanak said MLC Mehreen Faruqi recently asked the Premier and Ms Parker about the site during Question Time and that written answers were expected soon.