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Volume 16 No. 36
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
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Build-up deemed risky
CONCERNS have been raised about
the build-up of flammable material at
the Parkwood Road Recycling site in
More than 15 units from the ACT
Fire Brigade and the ACT Rural Fire
Service were deployed at the end of
August to battle a fire at the site which
burned for about five days.
Opposition urban services spokes-
man Alistair Coe said he noted his
concerns about the build-up of wood
stockpiles more than a year ago.
The recent fire started in the
Parkwood Road Recycling Estate on a
site licensed to NOWaste Woodbusters
While the ACT Property Group
manages the estate, ACT NOWaste
manages the adjacent Parkwood
Resource Management Centre.
An Emergency Services Association
spokesman said while the ACT Fire
Brigade had held concerns about fire
risk at the site in the past, no issues had
been recently raised.
He said the recent fire was in a
"The fire brigade has worked close-
ly with the proprietor of the site where
the fire occurred ... mulch piles are a
potential fire hazard and as such
receive close scrutiny from the brig-
ade," the spokesman said.
He said the brigade recommended
general measures for mulch storage
sites, such as not having excessive
stockpiles, having an adequate water
supply and keeping stockpiles separate
from flammable liquids.
The proprietor has not been asked to
undertake any additional fire preven-
The spokesman said all cities requi-
red recycling areas in close proximity
to urban areas and appropriate fire
protection was developed in the new
suburb of West Macgregor.
A spokeswoman from Territory and
Municipal Services said in keeping
with normal property subleasing prac-
tice the current licenses did not
stipulate the size or management of
stockpiles within tenants' sites.
She says the ACT Property Group,
in consultation with the ACT Fire
Brigade and ACT NOWaste, is develo-
ping new license templates which will
include stockpile management clauses.
These clauses will come into effect
when current licenses begin to expire
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