Mildura Weekly : Friday May 2 2014 Vol 8 No 26
www.milduraweekly.com.au 4 Mildura Weekly – 02/05/14 A PETROL tanker rollover two years ago has proven the catalyst for Mildura Rural City Council developing the first hazardous materials emergency response plan of its type in Victoria. The tanker rollover at the intersection of Deakin Avenue and Fifteenth Street in 2012 caused major disruptions to one of the region’s major inter- sections and sparked the evacu- ation of numerous residents for an entire day. While the incident was re- solved safety, it sparked a push to resolve similar situations more quickly, particularly giv- en the large quantities of po- tentially hazardous materials which pass through the district on a daily basis, given Mildura’s location on the main highways between Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. It’s led to the development of the Municipal Hazardous Materials Sub-Plan, which is part of Council’s broader Mu- nicipal Emergency Manage- ment Plan. The new hazardous materi- als sub-plan, which has been praised by Victorian’s Emergen- cy Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, will provide a ‘one-stop shop’ of information for emergency services allowing them to respond quicker in the event of a major incident in- volving hazardous materials. It includes information de- tailing co-ordination of emer- gency services and the different roles they would play, particu- larly in relation to Mildura’s specific geography and infra- structure. Developed by Council’s Mu- nicipal Emergency Management Planning Committee, the plan has already been distributed by Mr Lapsley, to other communi- ties as a best practice case study for planning for emergency haz- ardous materials incidents. Councillor for Community Development and Safety, Ali Cupper, said the plan would also help prevent major inci- dents. “We have always had basic plans in place to guide our re- sponses to incidents involving hazardous materials such as chemical spills or asbestos, but this additional plan goes fur- ther than that,” Cr Cupper said. “Council has led the devel- opment of the Municipal Haz- ardous Materials Sub-Plan to identify potential risks before they happen and to make sure the chance of an incident is re- duced.” “As with many things this Council does, we collaborated closely with a number of com- munity groups and emergency services and have produced a plan that takes into consid- eration the intricacies of our community and the issues that could possibly be faced in a number of circumstances.” Council is reminding any- one dealing with hazardous materials to make sure that they have their own emergency plans in place and to call 000 if there is an incident. The Municipal Emergency Management Plan is available on Council’s website at www. mildura.vic.gov.au/Council- PlansandStrategies or by phon- ing Council on 5018 8100. Hazardous materials plan is a State first • CATALYST: The petrol tanker rollover, RIGHT, two years ago sparked a push for a better approach to emergencies involving hazardous materials and ABOVE, Mildura Rural City Councillor for Community Development and Safety Ali Cupper. Notorious intersection safety boost SUNRAYSIA motorists could expect more heavy vehicle traffic along Deakin Avenue in coming weeks as a major intersection along the district’s designated truck route is closed down. The closure will allow for the construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Benetook Avenue and Sixteenth Street as part of the Black Spot funding program. The intersection has been the site of numer- ous collisions, including several that resulted in fatalities, in re- cent years. Mildura Ru- ral City Council will contribute up to $509,000 to the project, adding to the Federal Govern- ment’s $656,000 contribution. Work will get underway on the new round- about on Monday and include reconstruction of the intersection road base, pit and pipe works for both Mildura Rural City Council and Lower Mur- ray Water drainage systems and Telstra pit and cable re-locations. Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne said it was hoped the new roundabout would not only improve safe- ty at the intersection but provide better traffic flow. “The new roundabout recently completed at the intersection of Madden Avenue and Eighth Street is already showing improved traffic flow and we know this will lead to less risk-taking by drivers trying to cross traffic,” Cr Milne said. “Once the work at Benetook Avenue and Six- teenth Street is complete, we hope we will see the same improvements.” The project is expected to take about 12 weeks to complete. Road closure and traffic management messages will be issued in coming weeks.
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