Demolition of the existing Kingston rail freight shed, landscaping and associated works (Block 11, Section 47 Fyshwick and Block 7, Section 11 Kingston)

A Development Application process has occurred for the demolition of the existing Kingston rail freight shed, landscaping and associated works (Block 11, Section 47 Fyshwick and Block 7, Section 11 Kingston).

This site, managed by ACT Property Group (ACTPG), has been unused since 2005 due to the condition of the building. The site also contains bonded asbestos which has become damaged due to the age of the building and vandalism.

Safety of residents and the community is the key priority for the ACT Government and ACTPG has been managing the site as per Hazardous Materials Management Plans of the site. This includes the installation of perimeter fencing at the site and asbestos warning signage.

Due to the condition of the site, demolition of the building will occur in 2018. This work will be undertaken safely and disruption minimised for businesses and residents in the area where possible.

At this time ACT Property Group anticipate:

  • Development Application approval – anticipated January 2018
  • Tender for removal and remedial works – anticipated early 2018
  • Asbestos removal, demolition and remedial works conducted – mid 2018

All safety measures will be in place when removing the asbestos with works being undertaken by licences asbestos assessors and removalists.

The ACT Government will continue to keep nearby residents and the community updated through letters, signage and information online.

Frequently Asked Questions

What was the Development Application for?

  • The Development Application (DA201732771) was for the demolition of the existing Kingston rail freight shed, landscaping and associated works and was lodged on 6 October 2017.

When did the Development Application close?

  • The DA closed on 17 November 2017.

Why does the building need to be demolished?

  • The building has not been occupied since 2005.
  • The building is regularly vandalised and subject to unauthorised entry despite perimeter fencing, random security patrols and having asbestos warning signs erected around the building. This is a safety concern given the nature of the hazardous materials in this building.
  • The ACT Government has spent significant funds to secure and maintain this unoccupied building in the last 12 years.

Is the building, in its current condition, a safety risk for neighbouring residents, or if someone trespasses on the site?

  • There is no safety risk for neighbouring businesses or residents.
  • ACT Property Group has been managing the site as per the Hazardous Materials Management Plans. This includes installation of perimeter fencing of the site and asbestos warning signage around the site.
  • The building is regularly vandalised and subject to unauthorised entry despite perimeter fencing, random security patrols and having asbestos warning signs erected around the building. This is a safety concern.
  • As the building continues to age and degrade it is becoming more difficult to maintain and as such is not safe if someone trespasses on the site.

Is the asbestos present at the site loose fill asbestos (ie. Mr Fluffy?)

  • No. The asbestos present at the site is not loose fill asbestos insulation, known as ‘Mr Fluffy’.
  • The building contains bonded asbestos materials and as such a Hazardous Materials Survey and Management Plans are in place at the site.
  • Noting the age of the building, there are other contaminants present in, or on the exterior, of the building such as lead paint.

Who owns the building?

  • This site has been managed by ACT Property Group since 2009.

When would demolition occur?

To allow for this work to be safely carried out, the following actions will occur:

  • Development Application approval – anticipated January 2018
  • Tender for removal and remedial works – anticipated early 2018
  • Removal and remedial works conducted – mid 2018

Who would undertake the works and how would safety be supported?

  • Safety of residents and the community is priority for the ACT Government.
  • The removal of asbestos materials will be safely managed as part of the demolition. Licensed Asbestos Assessors and WorkSafe ACT will closely monitor these works to ensure safety. The removal works at the site will be undertaken by licensed asbestos assessors and removalists.

What happens to the site after demolition?

  • Following demolition the site will be maintained by ACT Property Group (who will arrange for maintenance services such as grass mowing to occur) until such time a decision on future use is made.

How will neighbouring residents and businesses be kept informed?

  • The ACT Government inform nearby residents and the community on the progress of the revitalisation of this site via letter boxed letters to nearby residents, signage and this webpage.
  • You can contact ACT Property Group at any time with any questions or concerns regarding this project by emailing Mr Evan Byrne, ACT Property Group: evan.byrne@act.gov.au or calling 6205 3991.