Ancient fuel halts work on CBD project

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

A FORGOTTEN and disused underground fuel tank from the 1920s temporarily held up work on the CBD development yesterday.

"We found a fuel tank in front of Scottie's Restaurant and for public safety we have had to block the footpath off from pedestrian access,'' Gladstone City Council (GCC) CBD project manager Trevor Gargan said.

When the tank was opened, a pungent mix of fuel and water could be smelt.

The discovery raised safety concerns for any Gladstone residents who may have been nearby.

"We needed to treat it very cautiously which is why it is closed off to pedestrian traffic,'' Mr Gargan said.

The remaining fuel was pumped out of the tank and properly disposed of, and then sand was pumped into the empty fuel tank and filled up.

"We have taken advice from several various sources and this is the best possible way to solve the matter,'' Mr Gargan said.

Meanwhile, work is continuing in front of the library in preparation for shade cover.

"We are preparing to pour concrete for the harbour arbour which will help hold the shade structure in place across the whole front of the library,'' Mr Gargan said.

Yesterday traffic was not allowed in the area as concrete trucks needed room to pour the concrete. The area will continue to be blocked off intermittently in the near future. Despite these unplanned interruptions, everything is going to plan.

"The CBD development is going to schedule, but if we get the wet weather and finding unexpected fuel tanks, these sort of things will make it difficult,'' Mr Gargan said.



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