Orica's site at Port Botany

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Plans for further development on a dangerous goods road in Botany are subject to a transport risk assessment that has not been released to the public, according to community opponents.

The plans are for the subdivision of an existing Orica site on Denison St, and the construction of a large Bunnings Warehouse across the road.

Both are on the Botany Industrial Park near the Eastgardens Shopping Centre.
Local community member and builder, Stephen Haigh said any development in Denison St requires consideration of the requirements contained in Botany Council’s Development Control Plan (DCP 30) in the development application.

Clause 7.2 requires that Council, before granting consent for any development that will increase traffic volumes onto designated Dangerous
Goods Routes (Denison St), must consider a transport risk assessment report.

Mr Haigh agreed a quantification of the traffic risk must be done. He said:
“I have been advised by Botany Council that Orica and Bunnings were asked to resubmit a transport risk assessment report in January. We have asked
Botany Council for a copy, but we still have not seen a copy.

“Proper assessment must be done, otherwise it’s a waste of time. We’re not aware that it has been done.”

According to Mr Haigh, the Bunnings application is a large commercial development and not permissible in Denison St because it is a dangerous goods route. An Orica spokesperson confirmed they have lodged a development application for a 20 lot subdivision of a remediated part of its site on Denison St, Botany.

They intend to sell the subdivided lots, which are zoned for light industrial development.

The spokesperson said: “The Randwick Botany Land Use Safety Study was developed prior to the closure of the old Chlorine Plant in 2001. The closure of this plant changed the risk profile. The Study did consider the potential for the closure, and concluded that if the plant was closed,
further development would be permissible.

“In addition, Orica has complied with the Development Control Plan in its development application. Orica’s Statement of Environmental Effects lodged
as part of its Development Application with the Botany Council in January 2011 included a detailed risk management assessment.

“This Statement has been vetted by both the Botany Council and the Department of Planning’s hazard risk analysis department and they have both confirmed that the subdivision proposal meets all the guidelines imposed by those authorities.”

Mr Haigh said: “Comments made by Orica about 2001 have no meaning as DCP 30 was not published until February 2003.”

Planned development nearby on the British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) site is subject to the same conditions according to the President of the Matraville Chamber of Commerce, John Perez and the Chair of the Marrickville Precinct, Carlos DaRocha.

A letter to Botany Council signed by Mr Perez and Mr DaRocha notes that trucks leaving the Orica site travel north along Denison St and then east along Wentworth Ave and then north into Bunnerong Rd, past the proposed BATA development.

The proposed future residential use includes major multi-unit development.
The letter quotes the 2001 Botany/ Randwick Industrial
Land Use Safety Study:

“Planning Strategies and controls for surrounding areas should ensure that there is no increase in the number of people exposed to risk as a result of the operations of the Botany/Randwick industrial area.”

It concludes: “The BATA application has not considered the provisions of the 2001 Study and the DCP 30 in the application.”