The evacuation management plan for the eventual demolition of the Port Kembla Copper stack includes provisions for an ‘‘outdoor facility’’ for pets.
The Department of Planning and Infrastructure has placed the pre-demolition management plans on exhibition.
The plans include the evacuation management plan drawn up by Port Kembla Copper (PKC) and the demolition management plan from Golder Associates.
Both plans are required as part of the conditions of approval for demolition.
The NSW Planning and Infrastructure’s executive director of development assessments, Chris Wilson, said the government had heeded the community’s call to be kept informed.
‘‘With an event of this scale and complexity, it’s essential that members of the public are not only given all the necessary information, but have the chance to provide input and ask questions along the way,’’ Mr Wilson said.
The evacuation management plan says on the date of demolition, a reception centre will be in place at the Port Kembla Leagues Club to accommodate residents living within the exclusion zone.
The plan also takes into account the residents’ pets.
‘‘PKC is working with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to care for pets of occupants in the EZ who are not willing to keep their pets at home during the demolition and are unable to relocate them,’’ the plan states. ‘‘An outdoor facility will be established near the leagues club with shade and water provided for pets.’’
The DPI will supervise the facility and owners must bring their pets in suitable cages.
The initial 300-metre buffer zone covered 132 premises, including 70 residences and 44 businesses.
However, after PKC extended the exclusion zone beyond that buffer, an extra 56 properties have been included. PKC officials are in the process of inspecting each of these properties to see whether they are in use or vacant.
The evacuation management plan includes a timeline for the demolition date, yet to be set.
It would see the enforcement of the exclusion zone begin from 7.30am. An hour later, police, State Emergency Service Volunteer Rescue Association members and/or PKC employees would begin to check all premises were empty.
A police aviation team would check the site from the air while police dogs checked the PKC site.
The actual demolition time is scheduled for between 10.30am and noon. The exclusion zone would be lifted about 15 minutes later; residents who had supplied mobile phone numbers would receive an SMS.
The demolition management plan says Golder Associates, the Environmental Protection Authority and WorkCover analysed bricks from the stack to check for asbestos, which was not found in any of the samples. Therefore, ‘‘generation of asbestos emissions as a consequence of the stack demolition is considered unlikely’’.
In preparation for the actual demolition, 934 holes have been drilled at the base of the stack to allow placement of explosives.
‘‘Advice from the demolition contractor indicated that the outer shell of the stack will effectively collapse and envelop the internal brick lining and therefore also mitigate the potential for residual dust on the internal walls of the stack to become airborne,’’ the report states.
Dust generation will also be minimised by the wetting down of the stack before and after demolition as well as the use of several dust suppression units.
PKC will pay for the cleaning of any vehicles or property impacted by dust. The company will also pay for repairs to any properties damaged by vibration.
A final date for demolition will be determined and announced once the plans are given the final sign-off by the government.
Shop open to ease public’s concerns
A ‘‘shopfront’’ is one way Port Kembla Copper and the NSW government are ensuring residents are kept informed about the planned stack demolition.
The shopfront has been set up on the PKC site and will be staffed by PKC staff and government representatives. Members of the public can attend and ask questions face to face.
It is aimed to complement the public exhibition of a pair of demolition plans from yesterday.
The evacuation management plan and demolition management plan are part of the conditions of approval of the demolition.
The demolition plans are on exhibition until October 31 and public submissions are welcome.
The plans can be viewed online.