Bushcare activities have been temporarily suspended at bushcare sites on RailCorp land in the GreenWay corridor, following an announcement by the NSW Minister for Transport in response to preliminary results from contamination investigations. Bushcare is continuing on GreenWay sites outside the rail corridor.
The suspension was announced on Monday 20 February following preliminary results from contamination investigations as part of the Inner West Light Rail Extension.
Ashfield Council, the lead Council for the GreenWay Sustainability Project, has been advised that volunteers and residents should not be alarmed by the preliminary results, as these are only screening results and any potential risk needs to be further investigated.
Council has been advised that the tests completed were a preliminary screening only and a full Environment & Health Risk Assessment is now being undertaken.
Council has been advised that simply walking through an area would not be classified as harmful exposure.
Councils are working with Transport for NSW and the Ministry of Health and will provide more information once the full Environment & Health Risk Assessment is undertaken.
The GreenWay Sustainability Project has postponed its GreenWay Bushcare Working Bee planned for Tuesday 21 February at Lords Road. Further volunteer working bees scheduled for bushcare sites in the rail corridor will also be suspended until further notice.