All emergency hands on deck for demolition

PARTS of Port Kembla will be a no-go zone on Thursday in preparation for the demolition of the Port Kembla Copper Stack. 

Officers attached to Lake Illawarra and Wollongong local area commands, with the assistance of specialist police from PolAir, Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS), Operational Support Group (OSG) and Marine Area Command (MAC) will establish an exclusion zone around the stack near Military Road at Port Kembla on Thursday.

Police and SES personnel will doorknock to ensure residents within the exclusion zone have vacated their houses from 7.30am.

Vehicles will not be allowed to exit the exclusion zone after 8am and there may be some road closures in the surrounding areas. 

Train services will not be affected, while some bus routes have been modifies. 

The Department of Primary Industries will be managing a pet reception area for residents of the exclusion zone. 

The MAC will patrol waterways to ensure boaters and regular workers are not in danger.

Existing shipping lanes will remain operational during the demolition project.

There will be a number of road closures within and near the exclusion zone, which will remain in place until the area is once again deemed safe.

There will be minor disruptions to public transport, with bus routes adjusted to allow for necessary road closures. Trains however will not be affected by the operation.

For further information on the exclusion zone, safety requirements, relevant times and evacuation plans, local residents and members of the public are urged to visit www.stackinfo.com.au.

Drivers are encouraged to visit www.livetraffic.com for ongoing updates on road closures and subsequent traffic conditions. 

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