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In October 2016, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) investigations confirmed contamination in soil in areas adjacent to the Sebastopol Rifle Range, located within the eastern part of the public open space in the Marty Busch Recreation Reserve in Sebastopol.
The contamination was lead and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are consistent with lead shot and clay target materials from shooting activities.
The primary concern at the site was limiting public exposure to potential contamination from lead shot and PAHs.
The City of Ballarat, as the land manager, put up signage in public spaces between the gun club and the Yarrowee River advising the community to avoid some areas.
Temporary fencing and signage has been replaced by more permanent measures and a public pathway resurfaced.
In March 2017, the City of Ballarat directed the Sebastopol Gun Club to cease shooting activities at the site. On 6 June 2017 EPA issued a notice to the Sebastopol Gun Club to maintain measures to prevent unacceptable risks to human health and the environment, and to undertake an assessment of level and extent of contamination on or from its site.
Page last updated on 10 Jan 2019