Statement on contamination at Centenary Park Development, Courallie Avenue Homebush

UPDATE December 2021

The Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd (Ford) finalised their investigations and assessment of potential contamination of groundwater under the Centenary Park site, in accordance with the Preliminary Investigation Order issued by the EPA.

The EPA determined that Ford has completed all the requirements of the order to an acceptable standard, so the EPA has issued a notice to repeal the Preliminary Investigation Order

Based on the EPA’s review and assessment of the information provided under the order, the EPA considers that the risks posed to human health and the environment are low and acceptable.

As such, the EPA has decided not to regulate the site nor the neighbouring site at the Centenary Park Development under the Contaminated Land Management Act, 1997.  However, ongoing monitoring of the landfill area and the boundary creek are still required of Ford by Strathfield Council and this information is submitted to Strathfield Council under planning regulations. 

Any potential risks that may arise in the event of future redevelopment of the site and/or a change in land use will be appropriately managed by Strathfield Council under the planning process and implementation of State Environment Planning Policy 55 – Remediation of Land


UPDATE May 2020

The Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd (Ford) is continuing to conduct ongoing investigations of potential contamination of groundwater under the Centenary Park site, in accordance with the Preliminary Investigation Order issued by the EPA.

Ford have been complying with the requirements of the Preliminary Investigation Order and have submitted the report for the March 2020 monitoring event.  The monitoring results are consistent with the data from the previous factual report.  It does not indicate any significant contamination or risks to residents of Centenary Park.

Whilst ammonia was again detected above environmental water quality guideline levels in one stormwater pit, this does not present any risk to public health.  The potential risk to local waterways remains low and will be the subject of continued assessment.

Further monitoring by Ford is required under the Preliminary Investigation Order, with the final report containing all data and a full assessment of the site to be submitted to the EPA by September 2020.


UPDATE March 2020

The Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd (Ford) is continuing to conduct ongoing investigations of potential contamination of ground water under the Centenary Park site, in accordance with the Preliminary Investigation Order which issued by the EPA.

Ford have been complying with the requirements of the Preliminary Investigation Order and have submitted the reports for the September 2019 and December 2019 monitoring events.  The monitoring results are consistent with the data from the previous factual report.  It does not indicate any significant contamination or risks to residents of Centenary Park.

Whilst ammonia was again detected above environmental water quality guideline levels in some stormwater pits and one groundwater well, this does not present any risk to public health.  The potential risk to local waterways remains low and will be the subject of continued assessment.

Further monitoring by Ford is required with factual reports to be submitted to the EPA each quarter. A final report containing all data and a full assessment of the site must be submitted to the EPA by September 2020.


UPDATE August 2019

The Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd (Ford) is investigating potential contamination of ground water under the Centenary Park site.

On 23 July 2019, Ford submitted the Centenary Park Investigation Preliminary Factual Report as required by the Environment Protection Authority, investigating any potential levels of contaminants on the Centenary Park site.

The monitoring data within this report does not indicate any significant contamination or risks to residents of Centenary Park or the local environment. 

Whilst ammonia was detected above environmental water quality guideline levels in some stormwater pits and one groundwater well, this does not present any risk to public health and is not considered to be a risk to local waterways.

Over the next 12 months there will be ongoing testing and monitoring by Ford with factual reports required to be submitted to the EPA each quarter. A final report containing all data and a full assessment of the site must be submitted to the EPA by September 2020.

UPDATE May 2019

On 21 May 2019, the EPA issued the Preliminary Investigation Order (PIO) to Ford Motor Company Australia to undertake works to investigate levels of contaminants on the Centenary Park development site.

Following an agreed approach to site access by Centenary Park Development and Ford Motor Company, sampling has been comenced in accordance with the requirements of the Order. The samples are being tested at a laboratory and a report is due to the EPA in late July 2019

The Preliminary Investigation Order is publicly available on the EPA website:  https://apps.epa.nsw.gov.au/prclmapp/searchregister.aspx


UPDATE February 2019

The EPA brought representatives of Ford Motor Company Australia and The Owners Corporation of the Centenary Park development together for a meeting on Wednesday 13 February to break a deadlock between the parties in relation to access to the site for testing.  The meeting was positive and a way forward was agreed upon by the parties for Ford to undertake the investigations on the Centenary Park Development land. 

The investigation will commence after the scope has been agreed by the owners corporation and the EPA, and after an access deed has been finalised between Ford and  The Owners Corporation. This may take up to 6 weeks. 

The NSW EPA had provided a draft Preliminary Investigation Order to the owners corporation for comment, but will now progress the Preliminary Investigation Order with Ford once access is granted.

The EPA will continue to oversee and drive this process to ensure that these works are undertaken promptly and that the site is properly investigated.


Statement on contamination at Centenary Park Development

The EPA has stepped in to break a deadlock between The Owners Corporation of Centenary Park Development, Courallie Avenue Homebush, that has refused Ford Australia Motor Company access to the site for three years to carry out essential testing. To date, this process has been managed by Strathfield Council as the responsible planning authority, and now the EPA has stepped in to expedite the process.   

The EPA will take all actions necessary to ensure these investigations take place. The EPA has organised a meeting with Ford and Centenary Park Development on Wednesday 13 February to resolve the deadlock.

The work required by the EPA is to investigate whether groundwater from the landfill is moving towards the residential land and whether any contamination is present. Based on available information the risk to residents is low.

The NSW EPA has issued a draft Preliminary Investigation Order to the owners corporation for the investigation to progress.