High Risk Dangerous Goods removal

Information and advice around the clean-up operations for sites at Tottenham, Epping, Campbellfield and Craigieburn.

Background

WorkSafe is leading a taskforce including Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA), local councils and government agencies to oversee the removal of waste chemicals at sites in Melbourne's northern and western suburbs.

This includes 13 stockpiles of chemicals uncovered in Epping, Campbellfield and Craigieburn in early 2019, and the site of the 2018 chemical fire in Tottenham, near West Footscray.

This page will be updated with information and advice as clean-up operations progress, and includes links to other relevant information.

WorkSafe also works with local councils and the EPA to provide updates on progress at all sites.

Tottenham fire site

Current operations

In November 2019 WorkSafe exercised powers under the Dangerous Goods Act to directly oversee the removal of waste chemicals from the 2018 fire site at Tottenham.

This followed confirmation that an estimated 7-10 million litres of residual chemicals remained on site following the warehouse fire.

A taskforce including EPA, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Maribyrnong Council, Victoria Police and Melbourne Water was formed to oversee the clean-up.

The operation involves the removal of 7,000-15,000 cubic metres of debris and is expected to take up to two years.

A procurement process to appoint contractors for the clean-up project has been completed and work at this site is now underway.

Northern suburbs sites

The project to remove chemicals from stockpiles in the northern suburbs has now been completed.