COODE ISLAND COMMUNITY

CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

 

Adopted Minutes

 

Tuesday, 12th August, 2014

Held at Maribyrnong Municipal Offices

 

 

PRESENT

 

Robin Saunders:

CICCC / Chairperson

Laura Kewley

Radio Station SYNFM

Bro Sheffield-Brotherton

Community Rep./Committee

Gary O’Sullivan

Operations Manager, Terminals Pty Ltd

Michael Isaachsen:

Community Rep./Committee

Carlo Fasolino

State Manager Victoria, Terminals Pty Ltd

Ian Thomas

Community Rep./Committee

Susan Chatterton

Minute Taker

Deborah McFarlane

Community Rep./Committee

 

 

 

 ITEM 1.      WELCOME BY THE CHAIR, APOLOGIES & CONFIRMATION OF DRAFT           AGENDA

 

Robin

Welcomed Laura to the meeting

 

Apologies – None

 

Draft Agenda - confirmed

 

ITEM 2.       CONFIRM DRAFT MINUTES FOR THE MEETING 22nd APRIL, 2014        REVIEW ACTION ITEM LIST

 

Draft Minutes of the 22nd April, 2014 adopted.

 

Outstanding Action Items

 

10/2013/2

Carlo to revise the additional principles upon which Terminals policies are founded for George’s approval and adoption.

Carlo

Need to defer.  We now have new owners Macquarie Capital Trust, currently in the process of finalizing leases etc..

Gary

They are the 2nd largest owner of storage facilities in the world.

Carlo

I think they will be a bit more hands on than our previous owners.

Robin

We will defer the item

10/2013/4

Carlo to review the greenhouse table in the report and see if there is a way to reflect throughput.

 

Complete 22/04/14

04/2014/1

On receipt of Robin’s revised guidelines Theo will get endorsement from the City of Maribyrnong

Robin

Since Theo’s departure I now have a new contact within the council, Foti Beratis, with whom I will follow through the endorsement from the City of Maribyrnong.

04/2014/2

Robin to send out a letter and guidelines to EPA, MFB, Worksafe, and PoMC

 

Complete 18/05/2014

04/2014/3

On receipt of the brochure, Robin to email it to members for comment.

 

Complete 24/04/2014

04/2014/4

Robin to write a letter to Peter La Rose

 

Complete 15/05/2014

ITEM 3.         PROGRESS REPORT ON THE COMMUNITY GRANTS

Sue

We have received 1 application for grants.

Corpus Christ School - $1,049 to purchase microscopes for the science class

Also received a thank you letter from Hyde Street Youth Band.

Robin

Explained to Laura about the community grants and that all details could be found on the website.

Faye

Word of mouth might get out to others

Robin

For the future, and to accurately reflect the scope of the CICCC as an advisory body, newspaper advertisements should state:-

“Terminals Pty Ltd has commenced its community grants program.  When applications are received Terminals will seek comment and input from the CICCC”

 

 

 

ITEM 4.       REPORTS FROM TERMINALS AND AGENCIES

 

Gary

Incident 19/4/14 – Only a minor water contamination as normal pipework cleaning procedure did not remove all residual product due to differences in product densities.  Since settled with customer and found an alternative user to sell contaminated product.

Bro

There was a company who found customers that were looking for these types of products and matched to buyers.

Gary

Peter La Rose found a buyer for the product.

Gary

Incident 12/06/14 – Painting repairs on tank when discovered pin hole in weld when rust blister removed.  Localized corrosion on weld.  Weld patch on tank and checked for other paint blisters.  Put the product into ISO’s and emptied tank.  Tank repaired with patch internally.  Checked remainder of tank whilst we had the opportunity.

Michael

What caused it?

Gary

It was close to a weld so might have been a weld defect.  Blister imperfection outside of tank.  Tank repaired and back in service.

Ian

Thickness testing would that not be found during that process?

Carlo

Not really.  It has been 50 years since tank was made, coating just broke down.

Robin

Do you check on all welds?

Carlo

No after tank is built they are hydro tested by filling with water but not pressurized.  Any defect would have been discovered then.  The tanks are built to a code API 650 which specified welding technique, thickness of steel etc.  The tanks are also tested to another code API 653.

Michael

How high was the hole in the tank?

Gary

3.2 metres: the tank is 7 meters in height.  Only a tiny little hole.  We put a piece of wood in the hole prior to repair.

Michael

How high up was product in tank?

Gary

3 metres

Ian

Regulations for corrosive substances, the tank has to be capable of 10 years of life.

Robin

What was in the tank?

Gary

Degreaser – solvent.  Not recommended to wash your hands with.

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AUTHORITY

 

Not in attendance.

 

ITEM 6.       OTHER BUSINESS

Robin

I will give Laura a chance to give details as to her attendance at the meeting.

Laura

I am from SYNFM which is part of RMIT Community Radio Station.

 

Every week we have a theme broadcast throughout the nation.  The theme I wish to talk about is reminiscing about the Coode Island Fire.  My age group does not know Coode Island exists.  Tie into the fact that more people are moving into suburbs surrounding Coode without knowing anything about what is stored on the site.

Robin

As individuals if you wish you can talk to Laura about your opinions.

Laura

The aftermath changed how we live with these types of sites.  There has not been a big incident since.  I believe the wind really affected South Melbourne.

Deborah

Within about a year and a half after that nearly all of Kensington was evacuated after another incident.  When it rained on the product spilt there was a terrific risk to the community.

Robin

There was a group called HazMAG run by Colleen Hartland, a community minded person, who is now a Green Senator in the Victorian Upper House. HazMAG was a member of the CICCC at its inception. Colleen was very much concerned about communication between emergency services and public, and the CICCC continued to pursue this matter after HazMAG resigned from the Committee. The telephone messaging service was a significant move.  The community needs to have information about what’s happening before the Emergency services have all the answers. Laura, you might like to follow up with Colleen.

Deborah

Whenever they stage exercises the outcome always recommends better communication between agencies and community.  The pilot program of the Early Warning System started and has now been extended nationally.  We were the first to trial that program.

Robin

It has been a challenge to organize a system that at the push of a button the community would be notified. The City of Maribyrnong used a multiple phone message system to contact a small group of houses which were threatened by flooding periodically.  Computer mapping has been developed for Emergency Services to define a zone of interest around a hazard, and then all phones in the zone can be sent a common message of warning simultaneously. It provides an emergency communication mechanism that can be used for any emergency situation.  This committee encouraged the City of Maribyrnong to run a pilot program focusing on potential hazardous chemical incidents at Coode Island.

As a result of the Canberra fires the Commonwealth Government got behind the messaging program, and provides some funding for messaging. The system is now in widespread use.

Ian

A radio station took us on.

Michael

WRB974

Laura

Good to know I am onto something.

Robin

Focus now more on safety of sites by EPA and Worksafe.  Terminals have had 15 years to make the site better and safer.

Deborah

Good fire access now and a lot less dangerous goods stored and better systems.

Robin

The introduction of nitrogen blanketing has cut down the chance of another explosion.

Michael

The company has been very open and transparent.

Bro

Would be true to describe that as a journey.  Company now has a good level of trust.

Deborah

There were also a lot of meetings held after the incident.

Ian

A sub committee was formed

Robin

We will draw this discussion to a close.  Look at my email where I have drafted answers to Laura’s questions.  I would like your feedback.

Deborah

Robin is a very good facilitator and has been able to bring out the best in Terminals.  He has allowed people to have their say and get answers from Terminals.

Laura

Interested in what was the cause of the fire.

Robin

I have tried to set out a fair response to that question.

Ian

the very best way for industry to avoid incidents happening is to study incidents like that. 

Michael

The government looked at moving the site

Laura

Where would you move the site to and who would want it in their neighbourhood.

Robin

Road tanker transport is a big issue. 

Bro

West Point Wilson most dangerous as the proposed rail transport went through a lot of built up areas. An incident would be greater as it goes through a populated site.

Carlo

Less than half of the chemicals goes through Terminals more goes from next door (in containers) which is more of a potential for an incident.

Ian

Many years ago I wrote to the premier that the site should stay where it was but that propylene oxide should not be stored there.  But product has since transferred to a different company on Coode so it is now even closer to residences than it used to be.

Robin

Thanked Laura for coming to the meeting.

I would appreciate having your responses from the committee on my comments to Laura by Thursday night.

Laura

More than happy to have a general chat about other pet issues that anyone wishes to discuss. It will be a prerecorded interview so can go over the questions.

Robin

Do we want a site inspection at the next meeting?

Carlo

Do we revisit the issue of meeting here or Coode?

Ian

Prefer here as a rule but at an evening.

Robin

I will raise the issue with Foti regarding parking.  Inclined to leave as they are with 2 summer meetings on site and 2 winter meetings at the council.

 

 

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETINGS: 

Tuesday, Tuesday 11th November – 3 pm at Terminals Coode Island office.

 

MEETING CLOSED 4:15pm