Jassica Long, 20 January 2016

OWNERS of the Culburra Beach petrol station, which burnt down and was closed in October 2015, have been issued with a 60-day clean-up deadline.

The site is still being investigated by Shoalhaven City Council and Work Cover.

Council said despite the order for clean-up it could be a lot longer before the eye sore is fixed up as it was likely there would be ongoing and unforeseen issues.

The owners are required to submit a report to council within the 60-day period, which will then determine any further requirements in cleaning up the site.

Before the fire, the former service station hadn’t been used for a number of years, however when the blaze went through the building there were reports of strong petrol fumes.

It was believed the petrol smell was from the disused underground tanks. Fire and Rescue NSW crews did atmospheric monitoring, while ground monitors were also in place to try and locate the source of the odour.

A 200 metre exclusion zone was established around the area after the incident and access to area was cut for resident safety. The fence will remain in place until further notice.

Extracted in full from the South Coast Register.