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   Health Safety & Environment subcommittee

The Health, Safety and Environment Sub-Committee has the following members:

Ian Thomas (Chair), Faye Simpson, Deborah Macfarlane and Carlo Fasolino.


The objectives of the HSE Sub-Committee are to:

  1. Identify key HS&E aspects for all Coode Island activities.
  2. Assess adequacy of system for their management and its performance.
  3. Analyse incidents and accidents and the responses implemented to prevent re-occurrence.
  4. Review the implementation and recommendations of CIRP and other studies.
  5. Propose an initial HS&E improvement plan for CICCC agreement.

Achievements of the Sub-Committee

   Emergency Management subcommittee

In 2002 the Emergency Management Subcommittee was subsumed within the Committee as a whole, as the issue was of interest to all members. 
Information on the history of the subcommittee is provided below for information.


Community Members: Marg Leser, Deborah Macfarlane and Cathy Aktypsis
Coode Island Users Group and Terminals Representative: George Horman
Emergency Services Representative: Commander Trevor Perkins



The key objective of the emergency management sub-committee is

To improve the communication to the immediate geographical community regarding the emergency management of Coode Island related incidents.


The goals of the emergency management sub committee are:

  • Identify community needs in regard to communication related to the emergency management of Coode Island related incidents.
  • Ensure Emergency Response Plans are in place that serve the Coode Island Users and the surrounding Community.
  • Ensure communication links are in place between Coode Island Users, Response Agencies and the immediate geographic neighbourhood.
  • Ensure that the state of readiness of the Response Agencies is adequate to deal with emergency situations [such as the 1991 fire at Coode Island, transport-related incident, shipping related accident].
  • Quantify improvements that have been made since the Coode Island fire.
  • Ensure Coode Island individual User Emergency Plans the Coode Island overall Plans and the State Municipal Plans are properly linked and integrated.

Target Group

The community of people living and working in the nearby geographical areas covered by the Cities of Melbourne, Maribyrnong and those in the immediate area who live within the boundaries of the Cities of Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay

Partnership Agencies

City of Melbourne
City of Maribyrnong
State Emergency Response Agencies [Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board, State Emergency Services, Victoria Police, Victorian Work Cover Authority, EPA]


Strategy Actions

  • conduct review of emergency services procedures in relation to key Coode Island facilities
  • conduct a forum with the local community and emergency services to identify communication needs and areas for improvement
  • survey community agencies to assess their needs in regard to emergency management of a Coode Island related accident

Expected Outcomes

Improvements and gaps are identified resulting in integrated emergency management procedures and communication links with neighbouring communities

Activities & Achievements

  1. Two Emergency Response forums were convened. The first by the Cities of Melbourne and Maribyrnong and the second by the Kensington Association with funding from the City of Moonee Valley. At those meetings, the public was invited to hear presentations and participate in discussion with representatives of the Emergency Response Agencies – Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board, State Emergency Services, Victoria Police, Municipal Councils, EPA and local organizations/individuals.

Outcomes were:

  • Recognition of range of difficulties in disseminating relevant information.
  • Lack of standardisation of alarm signals from various bulk liquid storage companies.
  • Lack of knowledge amongst general public of where to obtain information in an emergency.
  • Service gaps from response agencies were noted and led to a meeting of the Emergency Management Sub Committee with those agencies
  • Melbourne City Council subsequently issued to all premises an emergency kit including a fridge magnet with emergency information.


  1. Presentation from the Response Agencies

A meeting of the CICCC Emergency Management Sub-Committee was held, at the Melbourne City Council, on September 6 1999, with key Emergency Response agencies and the Melbourne Port Corporation outlining the current operation of DISPLAN and proposed changes.

Outcomes were:

  • The Port Emergency Plan was updated and links inserted to State Emergency Response Plans.
  • Special Recognition among State Emergency Plans of hazardous facilities such as Coode Island. in addition to general emergency response plans.


  1. Coode Island Users Group Emergency Plan –an overarching emergency management plan linking all the individual company plans is currently being developed in conjunction with the State Emergency Services agency.
  2. Promoted the need to establish solid communication links to the Community through annual Emergency Management Forums which bring together key response agencies and the local communities.
  3. Promoted interaction between key Emergency Response Agencies [Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board Victoria Police, State Emergency Services, EPA, Municipal Emergency Response Officers and also the Victorian Channel Authority and the Melbourne Ports Corporation
    refer to Minutes of meeting on September 6 1999.
  4. It is proposed that a further meeting be convened in June 2000.

  5. Reviewed the state of readiness of the Emergency Response Agencies and noted that there is a marked improvement since the 1991 Coode Island fires.

Action: Future meeting proposed for June 2000




  • Review Coode Island users draft Integrated Emergency Plan. currently being prepared by the State Emergency Services agency.
  • Visit the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and State Emergency Services agency Control Centres.
  • Investigate other emergency response systems around the world.
  • Participate in individual company and Port emergency exercises and debriefing session.
  • Participate in reviewing risk studies conducted by Terminals Pty Ltd as they prepare their Work Cover Safety Case and plans for their major redevelopment.

NOTE: The preparation of a Work Cover Safety Case is a Victorian Work Cover Authority requirement for major hazard facilities which are required to lodge a document that maps: system operations, safety management and emergency response through which the operating company demonstrates the level of risk will be as low as practicable.

  • Work with key Council Municipal Emergency Response Officers to develop community emergency communication links and facilitate their incorporation into the existing emergency plans.

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