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Independent expert report on re-use of excavated soil on Barangaroo

The redevelopment at Barangaroo is the largest urban renewal project in Australia. The site is controlled by one EPA licence but current work is divided between Barangaroo South, managed by Lend Lease, and Barangaroo North, managed by Baulderstone. The site was filled with building waste during the 20th century and extensive site investigations revealed contamination, including asbestos, located in the soil on the site. It was always proposed that soil from Barangaroo South and Barangaroo North would be re-used on site in the creation of the Headland Park at Barangaroo North and strict limits were set on the levels of materials in the soil to be reused in Headland Park to protect future generations using the park. Work on those sites is subject to asbestos management plans that were reviewed by SafeWork NSW.

Due to the observed levels of asbestos in soil at Barangaroo South in 2012, the EPA engaged an independent public health expert, Associate Professor Dr Tim Driscoll, from the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health, to review the proposal to reuse soil in the making of Headland Park.

In preparing his report, Dr Driscoll met with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA), its contractors Lend Lease and Baulderstone, Unions NSW, the on site work safety committees for Barangaroo South and Barangaroo North, the Sydney Ports Corporation, maritime unions, nearby businesses and nearby residents.

Associate Professor Tim Driscoll has provided his report to the EPA. The EPA accepts the findings and recommendations of the report and is working with BDA and its contractors to implement them in a timely manner.

Download report The use of Asbestos-contaminated Soils on Barangaroo (PDF, 460KB).

Page last updated: 12 October 2016