Tests Reveal Part Of Brisbane River Is Contaminated

Council confirms remediation plan

12 February 2018

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A section of the Brisbane River at West End is set to be quarantined after tests revealed is has been contaminated by coal tar.

Brisbane City Council has confirmed a land remediation plan for a section of Riverside Drive parkland is being developed after tar leached into the river from a former processing factory that has been shut since 1998. The contamination area stretches about 40m off shore.

"The West End site is listed on the Queensland Government's Environmental Management Register, due to previous industrial uses as a coal tar processing factory," a Council spokesperson said.

"There is no risk to park users and all appropriate safety precautions will be taken by remediation specialists during works, including closure of the area."

Council is expected to erect a sign in the coming days warning people not to come into contact with the water and sediments.

It's unsure how long the land remediation plan will take to fix the problem.

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