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09 Oct 2018
First step on the Parramatta Light Rail project

Early works are underway this week at the future Parramatta Light Rail depot in Camellia in a milestone first step for the major transport project.

The works will address chemical and asbestos contamination at the site, and will include the installation of an underground barrier wall and capping system.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance welcomed the start of project construction.

“These early works will ensure the safe and sustainable management of contamination from the site’s industrial history, which dates back to the 1930s,” Mr Constance said.

“We need to ensure the land is safe and fit for purpose before the future stabling yard takes shape, so you will see specialist teams on the ground performing this work.”

In an Acknowledgement of Country, Mr Constance paid tribute to the Darug Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land.

“We want to mark this symbolic milestone by paying respect to the Darug people as the traditional land owners and we are very happy to acknowledge their history and deep connection to the local area,” Mr Constance said.

Infrastructure service provider Ventia was awarded the contract to remediate the site at 6 Grand Avenue, Camellia, in May 2018.

Until the mid - 1990s, the site was involved in the manufacture and storage of chemicals including chromium - based products and chlorofluorocarbons. It was also home to an army stores facility during the Second World War.

Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the NSW Government is committed to delivering an environmentally responsible project in the Parramatta Light Rail.

“This includes remediation activities to promote the safety and protection of the local Camellia environment, as well as preventing contaminated groundwater spreading to other sites and the nearby Parramatta River,” Mr Lee said.

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD with a two - way track spanning 12 kilometres.

For more information about the project, visit www.parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au