Here’s a report from the Port of Hastings Development Authority re current surveys being done in Western Port. Thanks to Anwyn Martin, a community rep on the consultative committee:
We wish to advise that following the progress of marine site surveys which began in December 2013, the terrestrial (land-based) surveys are now set to begin.
These surveys are expected to commence from Monday 10 February, and will collect critical data to help inform planning for an expanded Port of Hastings.
Results of the surveys will provide the Authority with detailed knowledge on the soil composition, geological characteristics and topography in areas of the existing port-related Special Use Zone (SUZ1). The marine and land-based site surveys will provide the critical baseline information needed to inform port design and detailed scientific studies over the next three to four years of detailed planning for an expanded container port at Hastings.
Specialist consultants Golder Associates will carry out these surveys.
Up to thirty land samples will be taken on private land in the BlueScope Steel area and the Whitneys Road Reserve, after an agreement to access the land was granted by the relevant land owners. These land surveys are anticipated to be over the next 2 to 3 months and will not be carried out on days of total fire ban.
Since mid-December 2013, specialist contractors Worley Parsons and Aurecon, have completed approximately 50% of the marine geophysical survey and approximately 20% of the marine geotechnical survey. To date, surveys have predominantly occurred in the Port Area and North Arm Channel, and will now continue throughout all survey areas, including the Western Channel and Anchorage. We would like to commend local fishers and mariners for following the Harbour Master’s direction to keep clear of the barges and vessels as the surveys continue.
Chief Executive Officer
Port of Hastings Development Authority