Shepparton Art Museum site cleared of contamination

May 09, 2018

Large petrol tanks were lifted from the former service station site at Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton, on Sunday.

So long, farewell, tanks for the memories.

Large petrol tanks were lifted from the site where a service station once stood at Victoria Park Lake on Sunday, metres below where the new Shepparton Art Museum will stand.

And the good news is, council is yet to find ‘‘any contamination on site we need to be aware of’’, city engineer Phil Hoare said.

‘‘We’ve almost completed that testing,’’ he said.

‘‘To date we have not identified any (contamination).

‘‘That’s a really positive outcome.’’

This means back-filling can start, ahead of the new art museum’s construction.

Mr Hoare said the contractors were on track to have the site remediation works complete next month.

‘‘My understanding is they will be able to reuse those,’’ Mr Hoare said of the tanks.

The removal was part of the demolition and site remediation works, which will see the site returned to a state on which the five-story $40million facility can be built.

Demolition works in February started to remove the old service station and cafe at Victoria Park Lake.

At the time, Mr Hoare said once the tanks were removed, soil would be checked for contamination, with ‘‘further rehabilitation works’’ to have followed if any was found.

‘‘You can never be 100 per cent sure (of the soil’s quality),’’ he said at the time.

SAM construction designs are set to be completed in August, before the build starts towards the end of the year.

Project board chair Kaye Thomson in January did not foresee any major issue with the soil, but said the council would not know for certain until the tanks were removed.

Greater Shepparton City Council had put $500000 aside in last financial year’s budget for service station site remediation, to go towards ‘‘environmental testings’’, tank removal and ‘‘making sure we leave the place in an environmentally-sustainable way’’.

The new SAM project is set for completion in September 2020.

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