The proposal is to develop a former industrial site between McCabe Street, Mosman Park and the Swan River for residential and parkland purposes.
There is a need to clean up and manage the site such that it is safe for public use whilst at the same time realise the site's residential and recreational amenity. Landbank's proposal seeks to achieve this by various site treatments, by appropriate planning and by continued management and monitoring.
This site was first used for commercial purposes in 1895 as a limestone quarry. Between 1910 and 1969 sulphuric acid was produced in lead-lined containers using a variety of sulphur compounds, for the manufacture of fertilizers. Many of the compounds, including pyrites from the Goldfields, contained heavy metals which, in addition to lead, now contaminate the site. Later, improved gold cyanide extraction techniques allowed further gold extraction from pyrites on site, hence the presence of cyanide.
Note: The assessment process was terminated on 4 August 1992 subsequent to the release of the EPA's report and recommendations. See Assessment 817 and Ministerial Statement 338.