21 October 2016 16:00
City of Ballarat Acts on Contamination
The City of Ballarat is responding to preliminary Environment Protection Authority Victoria advice.
The City of Ballarat is responding to preliminary Environment Protection Authority Victoria advice, which identified lead and hydrocarbon contamination near the Sebastopol Gun Club.
Soil testing conducted this week in public open space, including a bike path, between the gun club and the Yarrowee River returned results above recommended health limits for recreational levels.
The investigation comes as the EPA undertakes a desktop risk assessment of around 150 outdoor shooting ranges across Victoria.
It is important to note test results from soil samples taken from nearby sporting facilities and ovals were clear of lead and hydrocarbons.
The City of Ballarat is working in conjunction with the EPA on this matter, with the first priority being to limit public exposure within the affected area.
Detailed investigations will soon get underway to understand the extent of the contamination and its long-term management.
The City of Ballarat will today restrict access along the bike path between the gun club and the Yarrowee River and install signage advising the community to avoid the area while the investigation continues.
The affected section of the trail will be resurfaced at a later date to re-establish public access.
The City of Ballarat will continue to work with the EPA, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the shooting range’s management to achieve the best environmental and public health outcomes for the community.
Anyone with concerns about lead exposure and their health are encouraged to discuss this with their doctor.
For more information about lead exposure visit: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au