SHIRE of Mundaring has advised the public to avoid accessing part of 440 (Lot 84) Strettle Road Glen Forrest. Parts of the site have previously been used as a brickworks, clay quarry, informal BMX track and landfill, with the disposal of rubble and fill material at the site ceasing in the 1980s.
This is a precautionary measure to prevent exposure to any potentially hazardous material at the site. Signage and barrier netting were erected at various access points earlier this week.
Council resolved at a meeting in March 2017 to sell the land and a license to carry out site investigations was issued to a prospective buyer soon after. Part of the conditions for the site investigations stated that the contractor be required to remove all debris and clean the area upon completion.
During the investigation, approximately eight small excavations were carried out and some formerly buried material, including demolition rubble and tree stumps, was unearthed. The investigations by the prospective buyer are now complete and the clean-up and removal of debris were undertaken on Monday 26 June.
In coming months the Shire will further consider management options for the site in consultation with the Department of Environmental Regulation. This may include further measures to restrict community access if a public health risk is identified.