Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has welcomed news of the direction to Transport for NSW to undertake preventative actions following the identification of issues with a lead containment cell near Tarago Train Station.

“I’m disappointed with the way this has unfolded, I recently attended a meeting with Transport and other government agencies where concerns about the lead containment cell and monitoring program were raised,” Ms Tuckerman said.

“On the back of this meeting the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and representatives from Transport and its contracted asset manager, United Group Limited Regional Linx (UGL), carried out an inspection of the lead containment cell.

“I understand this inspection identified issues with the site and the controls in place, even though we have previously been assured that there is nothing to see here.

“I have asked Minister Sam Farraway to keep me abreast as this situation progresses.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said Transport has engaged an independent specialist to undertake a review and assessment of the polymer and containment cell.

“This assessment will determine an action plan for the preventative works,” Mr Farraway said.

“Transport will also ensure that an independent specialist oversees the works and will continue to monitor UGL’s inspection and maintenance program.

“The monitoring of air and water quality in the area surrounding the Tarago Train Station will also recommence, with air and water monitoring stations installed the week commencing 12 September.

“This issue has gone on for far too long and I have communicated fairly clearly to my department that sorry only goes so far, it’s time to do the job properly and give the community a peace of mind.”