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AusNet Services undertaking environmental assessments at former gasworks sites

AusNet Services is undertaking environmental assessment works to better understand the soil and groundwater conditions at three former gasworks sites in Hamilton, Portland and Warrnambool. 

A third round of works associated with the assessment on the former Gasworks sites will occur from 9 to 18 March 2021 between 8am and 5pm, weekdays. Works will include groundwater sampling on sites.

The local community may notice an increase in the number of maintenance vehicles in each area and workers on site and in adjacent areas while the works take place. 

The locations of the gasworks sites are: 

  • 2-16 Craig Street, Hamilton
  • 25 Glenelg Street, Portland
  • Wellington Road, Warrnambool 

AusNet Services is committed to regularly updating the community throughout the environmental assessment works and will provide more information about next steps once the site conditions are confirmed.

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What are the works? Why are they taking place?

AusNet Services is undertaking environmental assessment works to better understand the soil and groundwater conditions at three former gasworks sites.

What do the works involve?

Works will include groundwater sampling on sites.

When and where are they taking place?

A third round of works associated with the assessment on the former Gasworks sites will occur from 9 to 18 March 2021 between 8am and 5pm, weekdays. 

The dates for the groundwater sampling and addresses of each location are: 

  • 25 Glenelg Street, Portland 10, 12 and 17 March
  • Wellington Road, Warrnambool 12 to 16 March 
  • 2-16 Craig Street, Hamilton 9, 11 and 18 March

How will this impact the community?

Works will occur inside the former gasworks sites. 

Adjacent and nearby community members may notice an increase in the number of maintenance vehicles in each area and workers on site and in adjacent areas while the works take place.

How is AusNet Services keeping the community informed about this project?

AusNet Services is committed to regularly updating the community throughout the environmental assessment works and will provide more information about next steps once the site conditions are confirmed and a strategy is established.

Is it safe to do these works during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our priority is the health and safety of our customers, the community and our people. Through the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve worked closely with government and public health bodies to make sure we work safely and in line with expert advice. We’re monitoring and continually adjusting to a rapidly shifting situation. We're working to integrate all official guidelines into our work, and we're looking ahead in anticipation of further change.

Why is AusNet Services undertaking these works?

At AusNet Services, safety is a way of life. We never compromise on safety and we're committed to ensuring that our customers are provided with a safe, reliable and efficient supply of energy for their homes and businesses. 

We own and operate a gas distribution network supplying natural gas to more than 730,000 residential and business customers in Melbourne’s west, and central and western Victoria. We do this through 12,000 kilometres of underground gas pipelines. These works are in line with this commitment to safety.