Black spot: Sludge found in Gladstone water ways caused by what is believed to be coal from neighbouring train depot at Callemondah. Photo Contributed
Black spot: Sludge found in Gladstone water ways caused by what is believed to be coal from neighbouring train depot at Callemondah. Photo Contributed Contributed

Black sludge found in Gladstone waterways to be investigated

TRANSPORT company Aurizon and Gladstone Regional Council are investigating the cause of black sludge material found spilling out of a drain in Callemondah on Thursday night.

Passersby noticed the sludge near Garfield St, close to the Aurizon train depot in Callemondah.

The substance was found in drainage and on nearby mangroves.

Aurizon said the substance could be the result of a contractor undertaking wagon maintenance work onsite this week.

"Containment and remediation works have been instigated," the spokesman said.

Black spot: Sludge found in Gladstone water ways caused by what is believed to be coal from neighbouring train depot at Callemondah. Photo Contributed
Black spot: Sludge found in Gladstone water ways caused by what is believed to be coal from neighbouring train depot at Callemondah. Photo Contributed Contributed

Aurizon said this was the first report of black sludge at the site.

Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Gail Sellers said a customer service request had been lodged for investigation.

"Dependent on the outcomes of the investigation, actions may or may not be required," Cr Sellers said.

Cr Sellers said the council's environmental health team investigated potential pollution matters under the Environmental Protection Act for possible water contamination offences.

The incident comes a week after a substance believed to be coal fines was found in Gladstone Harbour.

And last Friday Gladstone Ports Corporation scrambled to repair a leak of sediment water into Gladstone Harbour from a broken weir box.

Black spot: Sludge found in Gladstone water ways caused by what is believed to be coal from neighbouring train depot at Callemondah. Photo Contributed
Black spot: Sludge found in Gladstone water ways caused by what is believed to be coal from neighbouring train depot at Callemondah. Photo Contributed Contributed