22 March 2023, 12:41
Victorian Legislative Council, Melbourne

David Ettershank (Western Metropolitan) (12:41):

My constituency question is for the Minister for Environment. My constituent is a resident of Yarraville and is concerned that just weeks ago Stony Creek inexplicably turned bright orange, resulting in a warning to residents from the EPA to steer clear.

This problem was purportedly caused by a chemical spill, so constituents ask: what has the minister done to ascertain the cause of this pollution and prevent further damage to Stony Creek from occurring again?

Written Answer
Received: 28 April 2023
The Hon. Ingrid Stitt MP (Minister for Early Childhood and Pre-Prep, Minister for Environment):

The Minister for Environment – I am advised that:

I thank the member for his question.

As our independent statutory authority responsible for minimising environmental and health risks from pollution, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has worked with Maribyrnong City Council and Melbourne Water to investigate discoloured water observed in Stony Creek, Yarraville on 10 February 2023. The discolouration was no longer observable on 11 February 2023.

I am advised that EPA’s investigation included the collection of water samples, stormwater drainage mapping, and inspections of businesses in the area. Water testing results did not identify the likely causes of the pollution, and the source of the discolouration has not been identified.

To support the future protection and long-term rehabilitation of Stony Creek, EPA continues to work closely with Melbourne Water and Maribyrnong City Council to deliver the Stony Creek Rehabilitation Plan (2019-2029), in partnership with the local community.

Actions from the plan include prevention-focused inspections, industry communications and an innovative project with Monash University to improve real-time stormwater monitoring to detect pollution sources earlier.

I thank the member again for his environmental advocacy on behalf of his constituents in the Western Metropolitan Region, and all Victorians.


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