Moree community information

Community Safety Information

Advice for neighbours of Incitec Pivot Fertilisers Moree BIG N® Depot.

This communication has been prepared by IPL to provide information to those who live or work near the Incitec Pivot Fertilisers depot at Drive-in Theatre Road, Moree, New South Wales, Australia.

The Moree BIG N® Depot is a four-hectare site located at the end of Drive in Theatre Road, Moree, NSW. The site is an ammonia distribution depot that provides a distribution point for anhydrous ammonia and other fertiliser products to a network of local farmers. The facility consists primarily of three static pressure vessels which provide storage for ammonia. Ammonia is supplied to the facility via road tankers from manufacturing sites in Brisbane and Newcastle and is distributed to farms via truck mounted body tanks and nurse tanks. 

Our Safety Framework

All IPL sites operate under strict framework of federal, state and local government safety and environmental regulations. The company has procedures and controls in place to meet or exceed all regulatory requirements. At Moree, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers operates according to a prescribed Safety Management System which is designed to meet the requirements of OH&S legislation. The site has robust plans ready to be put into action to manage a range of possible emergencies, including a chemical release or fire. 

Our emergency plans have been developed in conjunction with emergency service agencies such as Fire Brigades, the NSW Police Force and the Ambulance Service of NSW as well as Moree Plains Shire Council.

Emergency Response

Once activated, the detailed site emergency plans will guide IPL's immediate response to any incident, which may include advising neighbours if necessary. Minimising the potential for impact in the community is a key part of the plans, which will cover potential incidents including fire, ammonia liquid or gas release, chemical spill or leak, bomb threat and natural disaster. In an extreme circumstance, the site and possibly the surrounding area may be evacuated.

Contacting relevant authorities in the event of an incident

In the event of an environmental incident that causes material environmental harm, the Incitec Pivot Moree Site HSE representative and Emergency Commander will;

  1. Collect the initial basic information of the incident for reporting purposes; and 
  2. Immediately contact the following authorities as required by the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. The time that each of the authorities were notified will be recorded and included on the incident report.