Community – West Melbourne, VIC

Quantem owns and operates a bulk liquid hazardous chemical storage facility in West Melbourne on land leased from the Melbourne Port Corporation.

 

The company receives liquid products by pipeline from ships and stores them in its 75 tanks, which have a total capacity of 55,620m3.

 

At present, Quantem stores pyrolysis gasoline, phenol and general flammable chemicals at its West Melbourne facility. The chemicals stored are used in the production of paint, plastics, lubricating oils, detergents, pharmaceuticals and health care products.

 

Community engagement

 

Community engagement in relation to Quantem’s West Melbourne site is facilitated through the Coode Island Community Consultative Committee (CICCC). The CICCC was formed by the Maribyrnong and Melbourne councils with the support of Quantem.

 

It provides a framework for the community to monitor Quantem’s West Melbourne facility, raise and address any health, safety and environmental issues. The Coode Island Community Consultative Committee website provides detailed information on the CICCC. This website is independent of Quantem and is managed by the community consultative committee.

 

Through the CICCC, Quantem has established a community grants program. Grants of up to $3000 per project are available to community groups based in Footscray, Kensington, Seddon and Yarraville. Each year a total of $10,000 may be granted.