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We need to use that ‘dirty’ land

By DEAN LAWSON

It comes as welcome news that freight company QUBE Logistics will finally leave Horsham’s old rail-freight centre today.

It makes sense that the terminal, which harkens back to the region’s pioneering days and sits smack-bang in the middle of suburban Horsham, will close. Trucks and domestic traffic simply don’t mix.

Now the Mill Street freight centre is open to fresh development – or is it?

Horsham, in trying to reclaim industrial land for any new and imaginative use faces the issue of site contamination.

Years of exposure to fuel and whatever else comes with operating depots loaded with heavy machinery has an impact and while most sites can recover with dedicated clean-up efforts, it comes at a cost.

Horsham, like many regional centres, has evolved with a variety of industrial areas dotted across the city and any development idea where there might have been fuel or chemicals immediately raises questions about site contamination.

Motorists who regularly travel along Wilson Street and Natimuk Road will remember just how long it took contractors to clean up Horsham’s former gasworks site, now the home of Gateway shopping centre and Target. Workers using heavy earthwork machinery spent months simply turning soil. We can only imagine the cost.

 

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Posted on Oct 31 2013

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