Dandenong South Industrial Area
Dandenong South Industrial Area
The Dandenong South Industrial Area (DSIA) covers some 24sq kilometres and is one of the largest, if not the largest, industrial area in Australia. The DSIA is found in Victoria between the Cranbourne Railway line to the east, Glassocks Road and Eumemmerring Creek to the south, Eastlink to the west and the Dandenong bypass to the north. The DSIA includes an Industry 2 zone which is one of only 3 such zones in Victoria. The Industry 2 zones are for industries that require large separation distances from sensitive areas such as residential, educational and hospitals.
There is also a pocket of residents on the northern border of this large industrial area.
There are around 40 industries in the DSIA known to emit tonnes of different pollutants into the air every year.
The types of industries in the DSIA vary greatly and include the Lyndhurst tip, hazardous waste treatment facilities, chemical manufacturers and wholesalers, pharmaceutical polymer, plastics, glass and fibreglass manufacturers, galvanisers, printers and food processors.
The some 50 pollutants that are emitted to air by these industries include volatile organic compounds (VOC's), particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), arsenic, cadmium, ethyl chloride, dichloromethane, hydrogen sulphide, dioxin and furans.
Some of the health effects of being exposed to some of these pollutants at concentrations above what is considered safe are eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness and nausea. At high enough concentrations, exposure can also lead to skin diseases, damage to heart, liver, kidneys and nervous system, heart failure, cancer and some may affect developing foetuses.
Residents living in the multicultural residential pocket on the northern border of the DSIA have complained about bad odours and health problems they relate to these odours. They have complained about breathing problems, sore throats and having to seek medical attention. There was also one child born with multiple birth abnormalities. RATWISE has been led to believe there may be more.
Due to the concern that pollution from industries, specifically the Lyndhurst tip and later the industries in the Industry 2 zone, RATWISE and the City of Greater Dandenong council pressured for a health study. A health study was (finally) undertaken during 2010-11 by the Victorian Government's Health Department.
RATWISE has concerns about this health study and its conclusion. To read more about this study click here.
Our petition against Toxic Waste was successfully tabled in the Victorian Parliament on the 15th October 2014 by Member of Parliament Mrs. Donna Bauer of Carrum.
In 2007, the City Council of Greater Dandenong resolved to adopt a comprehensive position in relation to the Lyndhurst Prescribed Waste facility. Indeed, the Council's position encompassed the entire Lyndhurst Landfill Site.
Since that time, numerous aspects of the Council position have materialised.
RATWISE pays tribute to their late Life Member, Stuart Marriner
We knew Stuart as a true gentleman who cared deeply for his family, friends and the community. Along with his dear wife Jean, their door was always open to listen, discuss and counsel anyone who was in need of help and advice.
He was very well read and interested in many aspects of life in the communities around him. This led to his involvement in working towards the best possible care for all.