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Community information from Terminals Pty Ltd and the Coode Island Community Consultative Committee


Message froM george HorMan Managing Director, terMinals

After spending close to $30 million on the upgrade of our Melbourne terminal, we are ready to show the public what has been done. While we are still not quite finished, we are proud of what we have achieved and the difference between the standard of the facility today compared to when we last opened it for public viewing in 1997 is significant. Terminals is well ahead of its commitment to the Victorian Government to raise the standard of the facility to the "highest feasible standard" in return for long-term leases granted in 2002. What we are achieving is world class by any measure or comparison. During the past five years through the upgrade, our staff and engineers have kept the plant operating efficiently and safely with little interruption to our customers and causing no problems to our nearby neighbours and the community.

about tHe ciccc

The Coode Island Community Consultative Committee (CICCC) was established in March 1998 by Terminals with the support of the Melbourne and Maribyrnong city councils. At that time, the future of chemical storage at Coode Island was still unknown with the Coode Island Taskforce yet to hand down its recommendations. However, Terminals felt it was important to start addressing the concerns of local residents and give them a voice in the future of Coode in anticipation of the State Government decision. In the first 12 months the community representatives, who came from surrounding environmental and residents groups, were committed to seeing the end of chemical storage at Coode. Following the State Government decision in 1999 to continue storage some members chose to leave, however most of the CICCC members committed to work with Terminals for a mutually acceptable outcome for the redevelopment of the site.

In fact, during this period, Terminals achieved its Major Hazard Facilities licence signifying compliance with one of the newest and most stringent regulatory requirements in the world. Similarly, Terminals' environmental From 1998 to early 2005 the CICCC met monthly to performance has improved by many magnitudes, reducing discuss the site clean-up and redevelopment. The air emissions to almost nothing compared to five years ago. members discussed every aspect of the process with Terminals and the regulatory bodies, such as EPA and The work will continue as before with Terminals working WorkSafe, and had considerable input into the work done openly under the scrutiny of the regulators and the on site. community. Terminals will continue to share its plans with the community and commits to continuing improvements Now that the redevelopment is almost complete, the through the Environmental Improvement Plan, which CICCC meets every two months to check on the is formulated in conjunction with the Environmental operations of the site, particularly the impact the site can Protection Authority (EPA) and the community. We look have on the environment and health of the surrounding forward to showcasing our achievements to you at our community. The views of the members of the CICCC are open day on Saturday 20 October. outlined in this newsletter.

Saturday 20 October 10.00am ­ 2:00pm 70 ­ 78 Mackenzie Road, West Melbourne (Map 42 E9) Site tours, barbecue and giveaways.

Terminals Coode Island Open Day

tHe new cooDe islanD

The bulk liquid storage facilities at Coode Island have been in place since the 1960s. Many members of the community ask "why are they there?"

They provide the means for industry to transfer bulk liquids from ships to shore to use in manufacturing and other industrial uses, providing a vital supply link and a valuable asset to the Victorian economy. As a result of a fire in 1991 the infrastructure on Coode Island was reviewed and in 1998 the State Government adopted a long-term plan. This strategy began to be implemented following the signing of long-term leases in 2001 and the future of the site was assured. This has resulted in Terminals undertaking a major upgrade to its facilities comparable to world's best practice. Since 2000, Terminals has spent $30 million on establishing new storage sites on the west side of Coode Island and in rehabilitating the original sites on the eastern side of McKenzie Road, now leased by DP World. Five years into this 12-year plan nearly 75 per cent of the work has been completed. The improvements have been substantial and include the complete replacement of liquid handling systems, new air emission controls, moving and upgrading storage tanks and the introduction of systems that minimise liquid waste generation. These works have enhanced environmental, community and worker safety.

environMental iMproveMents in tHe past five years are outlineD in tHe table below:

iteM Number of odour complaints Total emissions to air Benzene emissions to air Acylonitrile emissions Non-speciated VOC emissions Liquid waste generated EPA licence breaches

2001 9 10 000 kg 4000 kg 125 kg 6000 kg 6376 tonnes 2

2006 0 1120 kg 4 kg No longer stored 1100 kg 927 tonnes 0

terminals at coode island handles 130,000 tonnes of liquids per year and products range from acrylates to canola oil. it directly employs or contracts up to 26 people and supports industries that employ more than 40,000. these industries include mining and farming, as well as those involved in the manufacture of plastics, paint, detergent, food and pharmaceuticals.

The Coode Island Community Consultative Committee (CICCC) -- your voice on safety and environmental issues at the Terminals facility on Coode Island.

wHo are your representatives on tHe ciccc?

From an original membership of seven in 1998 the community membership of the CICCC is now made up of five core members from different backgrounds and with different expertise, but all committed to ensuring that the community is well informed about the operations of Terminals on Coode Island. The members are: bro sheffield brotherton ­ has a PhD in chemistry and 35 years environmental activist experience. He was a member of the Coode Island Review Panel that in 1992 recommended that bulk chemical storage end at Coode Island and be replaced by new facilities at West Point Wilson. While the government accepted this recommendation, it was not finally implemented. Michael isaachsen ­ a local resident who has broad interests and training with a particular interest in informing the community and safe and sustainable transportation. Deborah Macfarlane ­ is a local resident and lawyer who has particular concern about planning policies that allow residential areas so close to storage of dangerous goods. faye simpson ­ a neuropsychologist who is interested in the health hazards faced by workers and residents, particularly the way regulators and the industry control those hazards. ian thomas ­ is the principal of IF Thomas and Associates Pty Ltd, consulting chemical, environment and risk engineers. He attended the 1991 fire and inquest and has written several papers about the possible cause, the limitations of the inquest process, community consultation and the real risk to the community posed by propylene oxide. Representatives of the key regulatory bodies (EPA, MFB and WorkSafe) have been actively involved in the committee as has the Maribyrnong City Council.

Message froM robin saunDers ­ cHair

It has been a great pleasure for me to chair the CICCC for the past nine years. In that time, I believe it has provided an effective community voice on the safety and environmental needs at Terminals' facility at Coode Island. In my time as Chair, I have seen the CICCC make significant contributions in: · Bringing community issues to the attention of Terminals; · Commenting on the various stages of the refurbishment of the facility and ensuring that the result is consistent with best practice; · Monitoring all aspects of the facility, through the consideration of regular operation reports from Terminals, and through involvement in the monitoring of the company's Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP); · Developing the Improvement Action Report, which provides regular snapshots of the progress Terminals is making with its EIP, and provides for regulators to sign off items which are completed to their satisfaction; · Ensuring the vigilance of the regulators in oversighting the facility, in particular Terminals' environmental and safety performance; · Maintaining a focus on the need for better emergency management communication with the community, culminating with the successful trial of the telephone system by the office of the Emergency Services Commissioner in conjunction with Maribyrnong City Council. Council is now seeking funding to fully implement the system and CICCC will continue to focus on this issue until the system is implemented; · Providing detailed information to the community through its website ( and through regular media releases. As Chair I believe the CICCC provides the wider community with the assurance that there is group of dedicated community representatives actively engaged in ensuring that the community's health, safety and environmental interests and concerns are being addressed at the Terminals facility. The current CICCC membership is committed to continuing this important role, and would welcome the involvement of other interested community members. Details of meetings and contacts are provided on our website and on the back of this newsletter.

issues DiscusseD

In the past nine years many issues have been pursued by the CICCC. The following are some of them.


concern for the community is "What if something does go wrong?" Members of the CICCC, working with Terminals and the Maribyrnong City Council, oversaw the successful trial of a telephone warning system to be used in the event of a major incident. The committee will lobby for its future implementation. Most incidents on-site will not impact on residents but could have consequences for workers or for the environment. Recognising this, the CICCC has insisted on best practice levels of protection across the facility, overseeing maintenance schedules and ensuring worker education is both appropriate and timely.

1. relocation

A key issue when the committee was formed was the relocation of bulk chemical storage away from Coode Island as recommended by the Coode Island Review Panel. Most members still support relocation. Although petrochemicals have been stored at Coode Island since 1960, Bro Sheffield Brotherton and Deborah Macfarlane believe community expectations have changed and residents should not be expected to live on the doorstep of major hazard facilities.

2. safety

While most committee members were disappointed at the government's change of stance regarding relocation, their ongoing concern was to ensure community, environmental and worker safety. Committee member Faye Simpson is particularly keen that site management reflects best practice in managing toxic emissions to air. The site has changed considerably since the fire of 1991 and is now located solely on the west side of Mackenzie Road. The CICCC has worked hard to ensure that the new site is as safe as possible. Committee member Michael Isaachsen is pleased that chemicals such as acrylonitrile are no longer kept on site and is opposed to the introduction of compressed gas storage. Ian Thomas believes that the vigorous debate of the committee over the years has resulted in numerous improvements to Terminals' Coode Island facility. CICCC members recognise that safety is constantly improving and they will continue to rigorously examine any changes proposed to ensure that they reflect the highest possible safety standards.

4. coMMunity inforMation

All members of the committee are strong advocates of the "community right to know" and work to promote an awareness of the chemicals stored on the community doorstep. This newsletter, the open day, media releases issued after every meeting and the CICCC website are all being used to keep the wider community informed. Openness and honesty in discussion is fundamental and all parties are committed to this principle.

tHe future for tHe ciccc

The CICCC has attempted over the years to engage with other operators and the Port of Melbourne Corporation, particularly over issues that affect the wider community, such as transport to and from the facilities. A goal for the committee in the future is to engage effectively with other operators. Just as the Terminals facility is not going away any time soon, neither is the committee. There are still many improvements to be made on site and the CICCC will continue to monitor Terminals' operations. Any community member is welcome to attend the CICCC meetings or to advise the committee about community concerns regarding the site.

coode island community consultative committee Chair: Robin Saunders Phone: 03 9853 7510 Email: [email protected] Web:

3. eMergency ManageMent

While the CICCC recognises that Terminals has made considerable progress in making the site safer, a major


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