Hunter JO to tackle contaminated land
The Hunter Joint Organisation (Hunter JO) will employ a contaminated land professional for up to three years after receiving a State Government grant.
The $420,000 grant has come from the Council Regional Building Capacity Program, which will enable local councils to prepare to receive the management of underground petroleum storage systems and former industrial land from the Environment Protection Authority.
“This grant will enable Hunter Joint Organisation to employ a skilled contaminated land professional for up to three years,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said.
“Throughout that time, they will develop a contaminated land management policy framework, a register of contaminated sites and provide training on contaminated land management issues to the Hunter Joint Organisation.
“Their expertise will assist councils when they are dealing with land contaminations issues arising from historical underground fuel tank leaks or land which was formerly used for industrial activities, for example.”
The Hunter JO will contribute a further $120,000.
The organisation is made up of member councils, including both Cessnock and Maitland.