By Oliver Lees
Works to install a water treatment plant at the site that will receive and treat contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel Project will begin next week.
In June, Transurban and builder CPB-John Holland signed a contract to commence building the facility required to receive and treat the soil at the Hi-Quality site on Sunbury Road.
Major construction efforts are already under way with works on the site’s containment cells, weighbridges and more.
On Monday, October 25, the water treatment plant will be delivered and installed at Hi-Quality’s Bulla Spoil Processing Facility on Sunbury Road.
The purpose-built water treatment will be used to drain any traces of PFAS contamination from the soil that has been removed by the tunnel boring machines as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project.
The installation will include electrical, plumbing and mechanical works, with an approximate timeline of eight weeks to completion.
A Hi-Quality spokesperson said the works are expected to have minimal impact on local traffic.
“The water treatment plant will be installed in the valley of the site, near the Sunbury Eco-Hub site offices. Due to its location away from Sunbury Road, and the fact that there is no major construction involved, we expect there to be minimal impact on nearby properties,” the spokesperson said.
“You may see parts of the facility arriving onsite, however these movements will be limited and consistent with day-to-day site operations.”
A Hi-Quality spokesperson said construction teams had been informed to increase water suppression to limit dust around the site.
Hume council has initiated a judicial review proceeding against Planning Minister Richard Wynne regarding his approval of Hi-Quality’s planning scheme amendment, however Hi-Quality is still able to proceed with its planned construction of the facility.