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South Capel Remediation Project

Iluka Resources has commenced activities associated with the South Capel remediation project.  More information on that project can be found on the attached fact sheet.

A key component of the project is the installation of additional groundwater monitoring bores around the Capel Dry Plant and South Capel sites to better inform our groundwater knowledge.  The bores are for monitoring purposes only and no water extraction will occur.  In addition to providing more detailed information on the nature and quality of shallow groundwater, these wells will form part of a monitoring network Iluka will use to demonstrate the effectiveness of the remediation works to improve groundwater quality.

J & S Drilling have been engaged by Iluka to install the groundwater monitoring bores.  Drilling activities will commence at the South Capel site on 19 September and will last approximately 1 day, before moving to the identified locations around the Capel Dry Plant.  The drilling at these sites will take approximately 2 weeks.  See attached for a picture of the drill rig used to complete the installations.

The drilling activities in Capel will be most visible when occurring on local road reserves.  The drillers will occupy an area approximately 20m x 20m in order to accommodate a range of necessary pieces of equipment.  There may also be additional equipment on hand (eg bobcat or similar) to complete the rehabilitation of the area after the bore has been installed.  The installed monitoring bores will occupy a space less than 1m x 1 m.

Please do not hesitate to contact Iluka via southcapel@iluka.com or 1800 339 997 if you have any questions on this project.

 

 

Mosquito Management Update

In July 2017 the Environmental Health team resumed the annual mosquito management strategy with the aim of reducing the incidences of Ross River and Barmah Forest virus.

The Environmental Health team conduct larval monitoring and adult trapping to record the number of mosquitos breeding in known wetland areas. Through the monitoring process it identified an increased level of larvae present, which has resulted in the first helicopter treatment on Thursday 17 August 2017 in Stratham and Peppermint Grove Beach.

The treatment is formulated to have minimal impact on the aquatic environment, whilst killing the larvae within the first 24-48 hours of application to prevent the emergence of adult mosquitoes.

The Environmental Health team will continue to monitor the mosquito population and conduct future helicopter treatments based on monitoring results as the weather conditions permit.

For further information please speak to an Environmental Health Officer by calling 9727 0222.