Community Consultation Meeting Well Attended

A Community Consultation meeting held in Portland on 11 August was well attended by over 50 interested members of the public.

During the presentation, we advised that we have experienced significant delays with the transfer of Crown Land and resolution of the Boral Mining Leases. We are approximately 1 year behind our target program. Despite these delays and uncertainty, AWJ has decided to progress with the preparation of a Planning Proposal for re-zoning of the site, which Lithgow City Council are requiring to be approved before any Development Applications will be considered.

This is a strong commitment to the town and understandable carries considerable risk given the Planning Proposal includes land that is not yet owned by AWJ.

Some positive announcements included:

  1. Lithgow City Council have approved some amendments to the subdivision of the heritage cottages on Williwa St, which will allow the subdivision to commence, and the cottages offered for sale.
  2. The Glen Museum has almost completed a restoration of the Casino Building and we are in the process of negotiating a Licence Agreement which could see occupation by the Museum this summer.
  3. We are having some very positive discussions with Wallerawang CAS branch and NSW Fisheries to investigate the viability of stocking trout and Murray Cod in some of the dams on site.
  4. We have received interest from Internationally renowned artist Guido Van Helton to paint the cement silos. See below an example of his work from Brim in Victoria (photo credit ABC News). If we can agree terms he may be available to start this summer.

Notice of Community Consultation Meeting – 11 August 2017

AWJ Civil invite members of the community to attend a Community Consultation briefing to hear about the current status of the development planning for the old Portland Cements Works site, The Foundations. This engagement sessions will be held on Friday 11 August 2017 at 5:30pm, upstairs at the Portland RSL Club at 10 Wolgan St Portland.

The briefing will include representatives from AWJ Civil – the site owners, Catalyst Project Consulting – the Development Managers and Roberts Day – the Statutory Planning Consultants. We will be providing an update on the current status of consultant engagement and preparation of the Planning Proposal for the site’s re-zoning. We will also be presenting the current Site Masterplan and our updated anticipated timelines.

For any further information, please contact us through this website here.

Mine Closure Works Complete at The Foundations

Demolition of the Loco Shed, Cement Store and Bachelors cottage at The Foundations site have now been completed. All of the works required to enable the process of relinquishment of the mining leases have now also been completed, which included soil remediation, hazardous material removal, weed control work, safety signage, groundwater monitoring, dam surface water monitoring, slope stability audits, gabion wall stability audit, building demolition, community consultation and heritage protection works.

The heritage protection works included removing overhanging trees, cleaning out gutters, repairing roof leaks and securing openings (windows and doors) with temporary plywood on the Powerhouse building, Boiler house, Blacksmith’s Shop, Bath house, Administration office building, Williwa St cottages, Workshop and Raffan’s mill. This work is mostly visible from the st, an example is shown below in the picture of the Bath house building.

The process of mining lease relinquishment has began and a representative from the Department of Trade and Investment, Resources and Energy (Mines Department) has inspected the site and (subject to removal of some rubbish) is generally satisfied with the works.

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Cement Store Demolition nearing completion at The Foundations

The demolition of the Cement Store is nearing completion at The Foundations. See photos below taken on site this morning.

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Cement Store Demolition begins at The Foundations

The demolition of the Cement Store structure commenced on 29 June 2015. Below are some photos of the activity on site.

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Loco Shed Demolished at The Foundations

The Loco was brought to ground today by the demolition contractors, Art Civil.

This Loco Shed was constructed from metal sheeting and originally had two oil storage sumps associated with it, constructed post-1920. The set of rails are connecting through Loco Shed West to the outside, as this building was used to repair and maintain the engines of trains.

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Demolition has begun at The Foundations

The demolition contract began last week on 15 June. Hazardous materials have now been safely removed from the Loco Shed, Cement Store and Bachelors Cottage, allowing for the structural demolition to proceed.

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Aerial video of Cement Store and Loco Shed

A special thanks to David Rawsthorne for this aerial video of the Cement Store and Loco Shed at The Foundations, Portland NSW, prior to their demolition, taken from a Hexcopter.

Demolition Contract Awarded

AWJ Civil are pleased to announce the appointment of Art Civil Pty Ltd as the demolition contractor for the cement store, loco shed and the former bachelors cottage. Works are expected to commence in the week following the June long week-end, and are expected to take approximately 5 weeks to complete.

Notice of Community Consultation Meeting

AWJ Civil, the new owners of the Portland Cement Works site, invite community members to a Community Consultation Presentation and Workshop on the future of this historic site. The presentation will include an update on the progress to date, an outline of the placemaking process, possible development opportunities and an outline of the pending demolition works. The meeting will also include a workshop component where community members are invited to share their ideas for parts of the site. The meeting will conclude with the launch of the project branding and website. Presenting at the meeting will be AWJ Civil, Catalyst Project Consulting, Roberts Day and Habit8. The Community Consultation Meeting will be held at the Portland RSL Club at 10 Wolgan St Portland from 3:00pm to 4:30pm on Thursday 21 May 2015. For further information, please contact Kris Leck from Catalyst Project Consulting on 0410 596 977 or kris.leck@catalystpc.com.au.