Brooklyn road sealing to tackle dust issue

Pollution problems in Melbourne’s industrial precinct are on Victorian Government radar

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | July 18, 2013

Pollution problems in Melbourne’s industrial precinct are on the radar as the Victorian Government plans to spend $900,000 on sealing roads.

Brooklyn, which is known for its dust and foul stench problems, will have it dustiest roads fixed.

The area is home to more than 60 industries, including quarrying, a former landfill, abattoirs, material recycling, tallow producers and container storage.

Environment Protection Authority (EPA) research last year showed industrial activity and unsealed roads to be the major cause of dust.

Tasman Logistics Services, which is based on Geelong Road in Brooklyn, has spent more than $7 million this year concreting the yard due to dust.

Its Business Development Manager, Ivan Vanis, says the dust comes from old container yards that used to crush rocks.

"It isn’t a lot of money for the repair of roads especially when the roads aren’t the cause of this dust issue," Vanis says.

"The dust problem comes from the old container yards as well as the redevelopment project currently occurring at the old Bradmill site on Francis Street, which will only be a temporary issue.

"Once this project is completed it will cause a reduction in dust pollution."

Since sealing the 5.7 hectare yard, dust levels have dropped by 80 percent, Vanis adds.

"The Brooklyn area is an old area; sites and properties are getting worn and due to the current economic climate, businesses are struggling to fund their own projects to repair their sites," he says.

Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith says roads such as Bunting and Jones roads will be fixed.

Since the EPA began monitoring dust in 2009, there have been more than 100 days where dust particles had exceeded the national clean air standard, which sets an air quality target of no more than five days annually, he adds.

"Brooklyn residents have every right to feel frustrated at the ongoing dust problems impacting their community and the Coalition Government is committed to working in partnership with Brimbank Council to assist them in dealing with this issue," Smith says.

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