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PFAS Briefing Marks Conclusion Of Investigation

Signs warning anglers of potential PFAS contamination at Idalia Lakes will remain in place for now.

It comes as representatives from the Defence Department arrive in the region on Tuesday to update the public on their investigation into the toxic ingredient sometimes found in firefighting foam.  

PFAS has been detected at two local sites, Lavarack Barracks and RAAF base Townsville, and Defence has been working ever since to manage the risk.

PFAS investigation assistant secretary Luke McLeod told us the risk at the Lavarack Barracks site is considered low and acceptable.

"The Lavarack Barracks will be releasing a human health risk assessment and the RAAF base Townsville, on Wednesday, will be releasing our PFAS management area plan, which represents the conclusion of the investigation process and informs the community about what actions we'll take to commence mediation" he said.  

Mr McLeod said, "The risk associated with contamination of Lavarack Barracks is lower than acceptable; there are a couple of potentially elevated exposure pathways, they're particularly associated with the consumption of some homegrown produce which includes fruit, vegetables and eggs".

This community information session will mark the conclusion of the investigation.

Defence will share the final findings of the investigation including the RAAF Base Townsville 2018 Seasonal Sampling Report and Ecological Risk Assessment Report as well as the PFAS Management Area Plan.

DATE: Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Community information session: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

VENUE: Lakes Room, Mercure Townsville
166 Woolcock Street, Currajong

By Rosie O'Brien and Michelle Brewer