UPDATE TO: Does eastern Sydney have a contaminated Defence Force site in the Randwick Council area? – Dec. 4th 2017
This image is of what appears to be an inspection undertaken on Australian Department of Defence owned land at Joongah Street Randwick. This site is part of a broader area of surplus Defence land between Joongah and Bundock Streets Randwick and which is referred to locally as the “Bundock Street site”.
Defence is seeking to develop Joongah Street for military personal housing as “exempt” development. This classification allows little input by Randwick City Council in the assessing of the merits of the proposal.
This is worrying to long term local observers who have knowledge of the various contaminates either known to be or suspected of being on the property. The Council is currently seeking clarification on the extent of contamination.
Defence itself acknowledges that parts of the larger Bundock site have been contaminated by past military waste dumping practices. The question now being asked by locals and Greens Councillor Murray Matson is whether Joongah Street specifically is safe for people to live on.