Hepburn Shire Council continues to work with stakeholders on the future of the Glenlyon Recreation Reserve.
Hepburn Shire Council CEO Evan King said there are complexities Council Officers are working through to ensure the site is safe for all to use.
This comes after Council became aware of potential contamination issues at the Reserve in October 2019.
“We commissioned a Preliminary Soil Contamination Assessment to identify what is happening at the site,” he said.
“As this report suggested there may be elevated levels of lead in parts of the Reserve, we notified the EPA and developed a plan to minimise potential on health.”
Mr Kind added the EPA issued a Clean Up Notice to Council in January 2020 and requested an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) be completed.
“The ESA identified that the lead levels were below the National Guidelines Limits for recreational areas,” Mr King said.
“However, the ESA also identified Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons contamination in isolated parts of the Reserve, which may require remediation.”
All user groups at the Reserve operate under licences approved by Council in 2016, with the licence for Daylesford Field and Game to use the site currently suspended.
“A process to develop new licences will soon commence with user groups. For the Daylesford Field and Game to be granted a new licence they will have to operate under an approved Environmental Management Plan, approved by Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP),” Mr King said,
“We are aware of the mixed views of the community regarding the ongoing use of the Reserve by the Daylesford Field and Game.
“Council will continue to work with all stakeholders to find the best resolution for everyone.
“The previous licence contained requirements about cleaning up waste and debris, as far as practically possible, and any potential future activity will have to meet EPA guidelines and be approved by Council and DELWP.”
Council is acting under instruction from the EPA and consulting with both the landowners and independent contamination experts to understand the management implications of the existing contamination.
“It is too early to determine the cost of the clean-up and Council will consider the payment of any clean-up costs that may be incurred,” Mr King said.