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Remediation works on Crown land

Crown land 2031 State Strategic Plan (PDF, 3.7 MB) vision for NSW is that our community has high aspirations to protect environmental assets, improve and expand green space, and build resilience to climate change. Our remediation projects aim to restore and rehabilitate degraded or damaged Crown land sites, addressing contamination and restoring natural built and structural features to make them suitable for community use and enjoyment.

Current projects

Atherton Drive cabins demolition

Summary

  • Location: Atherton Drive, Urunga
  • Project investment: $340,000 excl. GST
  • Dates: November 2023 to June 2024
  • Times of work: Weekdays 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Traffic and pedestrian changes
  • Noise levels: Medium

What we will be doing 

In February 2021, the NSW Government launched an Expression of Interest (EOI) campaign to lease, restore, and reactivate 4 cabins at Atherton Drive, Urunga.

The EOI process was aimed at testing the market’s interest in rehabilitating and repurposing the cabins under a lease arrangement to improve visitor amenity and activate the Atherton Drive foreshore recreation area. The EOI closed on 23 April 2021. 

After consideration of all submissions, none were found to meet the evaluation criteria. Evaluation criteria included economic viability, contribution to visitor amenity, and the proposed planning approval pathway. All applicants have been advised of the outcome.

From November 2023 you may notice us:

  • Demolishing several structurally unstable cabins along the Kalang River foreshore. There is a risk to the environment from asbestos and other hazardous materials. The cabins present a risk of arson, squatting, and anti-social behaviour
  • Completing the project in 2 stages: 
    • Stage 1: Demolition of 9, 15, 17, 18  and 24 Atherton Drive, Urunga 
    • Stage 2: Seeking approval to demolish numbers 12  
    • Remove all demolished materials and waste and test for any remaining environmental contaminants. To ensure the area is safe for future use, we will be remediating the soil and replacing the top layer with new clean fill. 

When we will be working

Work will take place during standard construction hours between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday to Friday.

What you can expect

  • The removal of the cabins will provide further public access to the Kalang riverfront. It will improve access and visual appeal for recreation, including picnicking, sightseeing, and fishing for the local community and visitors to the neighbouring golf course and holiday park
  • Removal will have no impact on the 3 currently tenanted cabins. These tenants have a licence with Crown Lands and can continue to use the cabins. These licences cannot be transferred to other people
  • All safety precautions in the demolition process will be in place for our contractors, the community, and the environment. Please do not enter these sites as they are currently in unsafe disrepair and pose health risks
  • We will have temporary traffic management for the safety of our crew, users, and pedestrians.
  • This work may be noisy at times, we will do everything we can to minimise this
  • We thank you for your patience and cooperation while we complete this important work.

Keeping up to date with our work

We will update this page as the project progresses.

To speak to an officer:

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Atherton Drive cabins demolition" project.

Location

 

Atherton cabins to be demolished
Bulahdelah Wharf Risk Management

Summary

  • Location: Crown Reserve off Crawford St at Bulahdelah
  • Project investment: $50,000
  • Dates: December 2023 to June 2024
  • Times of work: Weekdays 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Noise levels: Low 

What we will be doing 

From December you may notice us:

  • Continuing to prohibit access to the former houseboat wharf as it is in disrepair and unsafe for use. We are installing warning signs and padlocks for the safety of the community
  • Removing flood-damaged fencing and completing general site upkeep such as clearing debris and trimming vegetation
  • Investigating planning pathways for the removal of the damaged wharf and stabilisation of the bank.

When we will be working

Work will take place during standard construction hours between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday to Friday.

What you can expect

  • Surrounding roads may be temporarily impacted as larger equipment enters and exits the site.
  • This work may be noisy at times, and we will do everything can to minimise this.
  • We thank you for your patience and cooperation while we complete this important work.

Keeping up to date with our work

We will update this page as the project progresses.

To speak to an officer:

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Bulahdelah Wharf Risk Management " project. 

Location

 

Bulahdelah Wharf Risk Management
Moonee Beach Pedestrian Bridge

Summary

  • Location: Moonee Beach
  • Project investment: $125,000 excl. GST
  • Dates: April 2024 to July 2024

What we will be doing

From April 2024 we will be:

  • Gaining development consent for the demolition of the Moonee Beach Pedestrian Bridge and commence investigations into possible bridge design options
  • The demolition of the Moonee Beach Pedestrian Bridge is crucial for public safety. The bridge is dilapidated and structurally unstable with eroded piers and worm damage and is not considered viable for repair. Engineering evaluation has confirmed the bridge's instability and deemed repairs infeasible.
  • Most of the bridge is on Crown waterway, with small portions on the Reflections managed Crown reserve and the adjacent National Park. Although we have assumed responsibility for the removal of the derelict and closed pedestrian bridge, a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders, including the Local Aboriginal Land Council, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and Coffs Harbour City Council, is essential to address safety concerns and plan for future pedestrian access.
  • While the priority is the removal of the derelict bridge (to be completed in 2024/2025 financial year), discussions are underway regarding the replacement pedestrian bridge (which is subject to sourcing funding and development consent).

What you can expect

  • The existing bridge remains closed for the safety of the community. Please do not walk or climb on the bridge
  • Crossing the sand bar at Moonee Creek and Sugar Mill Creek is considered dangerous with risk of oyster cuts and potential drowning. The area also has Aboriginal middens, ancient shell deposits, that hold great value to the local Indigenous community which could be impacted by indiscriminate crossing of the waterway
  • Please continue to use the alternate route to the reserve including the Rutile Trail, Sapphire Beach to access Green Bluff and Moonee Beach Nature Reserve
  • We thank you for your patience and cooperation while we complete this important work.

Keeping up to date with our work

We will update this page as the project progresses.

To speak to an officer:

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the " Moonee Beach Pedestrian Bridge" project.

Location

 

Map and image of pedestrian bridge over creek
Wee Jasper Dip Caves remediation

Summary

  • Location: Wee Jasper Reserves, Wee Jasper
  • Dates: Ongoing
  • Pedestrian changes: Do not enter the site as there are safety risks.

What’s happening

The Wee Jasper Dip Caves include 5 parallel and interconnected caves with multiple entrances. The main walk-in entrance is geologically unstable, and tests have confirmed the presence of asbestos contamination.

Geological instability of the main entrance increases the risk of rock fall and landslips which could result in injury or death. Breathing asbestos fibres increases the risk of serious diseases, including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. 

We thank you for keeping yourself safe by not using the main entrance leading into the Dip Caves.

What we will be doing

  • Assess options that could safely permit the reopening of the main entrance to the Dip Caves for a range of users and interest groups
  • Engage with the community, stakeholders, and interest groups to support decision-making
  • Consider remedial strategies that are sensitive to the requirements of the vulnerable Bent-winged Bat population and address public safety needs
  • Undertake further studies to inform any proposed works to stabilise the main entrance and/or remove contamination
  • Implement remedial works as required
  • Temporary fencing has already been installed to restrict access to this site. The main walk-in entrance to the Dip Caves remains closed. Temporary fencing at other entrances is to prevent accidental falls into the caves. These access points are not currently closed to the public
  • Fencing measures will remain in place until further investigations can be completed. This is for the safety of our crew, users, and pedestrians
  • Your patience and cooperation are appreciated while we complete this important work.

Keeping up to date with our work

We will update this page as the project progresses.

To speak to an officer

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Wee Jasper Dip Caves remediation " project. 

Location

 

1st image - aerial view of Wee Jasper identifying Dip Caves main entrance and 2nd image ground view of barrier to main entrance

Completed projects

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council

Summary

Replacement of external cladding to comply with the National Construction Code.

  • Investment: $1,365,000 excl. GST
  • Project timeframe: 15 February 2022 to 31 July 2023

Site information

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council’s (AH&MRC) Registered Training Organisation, Little Bay

What we have completed

  • Removed all cladding, battens, and insulation
  • Replaced outdated materials with products that meet the minimum standards for combustible cladding products and comply with the National Construction Code.

Benefits and outcomes

  • Upgraded building materials that comply with the National Construction Code
  • Safety for the community and users of the facility.

To speak to an officer:

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council" project.

Location

 

Recladding before and after
Cowan Quarry remediation

Summary

Geotechnical investigation to address areas of potential instability identified at the site.

  • Investment: $33,745 excl. GST
  • Project timeframe: October 2022 to June 2023

Site information

  • Cowan Quarry, Hornsby
  • Former sandstone quarry filled with material of unknown origins
  • Unoccupied, vacant bushland
  • Fire trail runs through a portion of the site.

What we have completed

  • Site walkover and desktop review of available information to assist in the identification of potential geotechnical hazards and areas requiring further geotechnical investigation
  • Geotechnical investigation report
  • Action plan which recommended addressing areas of potential instability identified at the site.

Benefits and outcomes

  • Provides the opportunity to rehabilitate the Cowan Quarry into a public open space
  • Improves the future use of the land as a Crown land asset.

To speak to an officer

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Cowan Quarry remediation" project.

Location

 

Cowan Quarry before and after
Dural Quarry

Summary

Site clean-up and geotechnical investigation to identify any remediation requirements to ensure the area is safe for future community use.

  • Investment: $408,985 excl. GST
  • Project timeframe: January 2023 to June 2023

Site information

  • Dural Quarry located near Hornsby NSW
  • The site was originally cleared and terraced in the 1960s and 1970s and operated into the 1990s before being returned to Crown Land and re-tenured until it was left unoccupied by the tenant
  • Site was left with contaminated materials of unknown origin.

What we have completed

  • Removed all surface rubbish. 214.40 tonnes of waste with 101.94 tonnes of waste that was recycled
  • Demolished infrastructure and sheds on site
  • Geotechnical and detailed site investigation to identify any remediation requirements to ensure the area is safe for future community use.

Benefits and outcomes

  • Removal of derelict structures and investigation into the possibility of remediation of the site into a public open space
  • Improved usability of the land as a Crown land asset for future use including bushwalking / BMX riding.

To speak to an officer

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Dural Quarry" project.

Location

 

Dural Quarry before and after
Fencing at Kaloogleguy Reserve

Summary

Installation of a perimeter fence, gate, and signs around a section of Kaloogleguy Reserve as part of a staged plan to clean up asbestos contamination on the site.

  • Investment: $429,919.00 inc. GST
  • Project timeframe: March 2023 to October 2023  

Site information

  • Kaloogleguy Reserve, Barrier Highway, Cobar
  • Crown land reserved for the purpose of regeneration located to the west of Cobar and was previously a Council waste facility for over 100 years.
  • Approximately 6,350 hectares in size and is actively used by the community as part of the reserve network surrounding Cobar. 

What we have completed

  • Vegetation cleared along the surveyed fencing line
  • Installation of 8 kilometres of 6-strand agricultural fence along the surveyed alignment
  • Installation of warning signage along the fence line as required by EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) 
  • Installation of 19 gates on existing tracks for fire management access.

Benefits and outcomes

  • Eliminated public safety risks as fencing excludes the public from accessing the affected parts of the reserve.
  • Enables access for fire management activities.

To speak to an officer

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Fencing at Kaloogleguy Reserve" project.

Location

 

Before and after view of fencing at Kaloogleguy Reserve.

 

Fingal Head riverside kiosk remediation

Summary

Removal of a dilapidated timber jetty, floating pontoon, and internal and external rubbish.

  • Investment: $30,977 excl. GST
  • Project timeframe: March 2023 to June 2023  

Site information

  • Fingal Rd, Fingal Head 
  • Disused commercial building consisting of dilapidated timber jetty, floating pontoon fronting the Tweed River. 

What we have completed

  • Clean-up of the site 
  • Removal of the dilapidated timber jetty, floating pontoon, and internal and external rubbish
  • Environmental assessments. 

Benefits and outcomes

  • Site safety by removing unsafe infrastructure
  • Improved riverside visual aesthetic
  • Improved usability of the land as a Crown land asset for future use
  • Rehabilitation of the site encourages investment and facilitates innovative new uses. 

To speak to an officer

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Fingal Head riverside kiosk remediation" project.

Location

 

Fingal before and after
Jack Evans Boat Harbour Jetty

Summary

Address public safety concerns associated with the dilapidated concrete structure.

  • Investment: $205,142 excl GST
  • Project timeframe: November 2022 to June 2023  

Site information

  • 6 Coral Street, Tweed Heads
  • Engineer reports identified there were safety concerns associated with several parts of the jetty structure, including concrete cancer.

What we have completed

  • Review of environmental factors including a statement of heritage impact report
  • Demolished the dilapidated concrete structure
  • Safely dispose of the removed structure.

Benefits and outcomes

  • Eliminated public safety risks associated with the jetty
  • Beautification of the waterway 
  • Opened water access to the harbour from the Tweed River.

To speak to an officer

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Jack Evans Boat Harbour Jetty" project.

Location

 

Jack Evans before and after
 
Karuah Oyster Shed

Summary

Demolition of an unsafe and dilapidated oyster shed that is unfit for relicensing in its current state.

  • Investment: $211,327 excl. GST
  • Project timeframe: October 2022 to July 2023  

Site information

  • Riverside Drive, Karuah
  • Dilapidated shed formerly used for oyster farming.

What we have completed

  • Engaged consultants, including ecologists and remediation consultants to complete preliminary site investigations to inform the clean-up of the abandoned oyster farm
  • Completed demolition and removal of the dilapidated and contaminated boat shed, jetty and water tank on site
  • Removed and disposed of 15 tonnes of waste and derelict structures from the waterfront site.

Benefits and outcomes

  • Improving the safety of the site through the demolition and removal of a contaminated boat shed and other deteriorating structures 
  • Removal of potential environmental hazards through the site clean-up will benefit visitors and locals to the surrounding foreshore and river 
  • Demolition and clean-up activities are the first steps in achieving the long-term goal for the site to be made available for tenure or redevelopment.

To speak to an officer

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Karuah Oyster Shed" project.

Location

 

Karuah before and after
 
Long Island, Wallis Lake remediation

Summary

Polluted site with a large volume of miscellaneous rubbish, old oyster farming equipment and potential land contaminants.

  • Investment: $431,564 excl. GST
  • Project timeframe: November 2022 to July 2023  

Site information

  • Lot 804 DP 1136318, Long Island, Wallis Lake 
  • Oyster Lease 461124 was abandoned by the leaseholders without remediation
  • The structures present on the site are dilapidated and present a public and environmental hazard. 

What we have completed

  • Obtain development approval for the removal of the dilapidated shed and jetty structures
  • Demolition and removal of shed and jetty structures
  • The removal and disposal of residue and illegally dumped miscellaneous waste and any contaminated or hazardous materials. 

Benefits and outcomes

  • Increased environmental benefits with the removal and disposal of illegally dumped waste
  • Once the site has been further remediated (if necessary), it will be available for tenure by the community 
  • Improved the usability of the land as a Crown land asset for future use.

To speak to an officer

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Long Island, Wallis Lake remediation" project.

Location

 

Long Island Wallis Lake before and after
 
Swansea House Demolition

Summary

Demolition of a contaminated, aged residence unfit for relicensing. Removal and disposal of asbestos present onsite.

  • Investment: $37,100 excl. GST
  • Project timeframe: October 2022 to January 2023  

Site information

  • 36 Rawson Street, Swansea
  • Residence constructed circa the 1930s known to contain asbestos and deteriorating facilities
  • Located in a residential area at risk of vandalism/squatters and potential arson.

What we have completed

  • Demolition of dwelling, carport, out-houses & building sheds
  • Removal of concrete footings and pathways, and asbestos
  • Disconnection and capping from the sewer, water, and power services
  • Seeded the restored area with grass species suitable for the location.

Benefits and outcomes

  • Increased site safety by removing asbestos in the residential area
  • Improved usability of the land as a Crown land asset for future use (e.g., sale or use by LALC).

To speak to an officer

Contact us and refer your enquiry to the "Swansea House Demolition" project.

Location

 

Swansea before and after