Brimbank,
19
October
2018
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00:45
Australia/Melbourne

Council seeks assurances on contamination in our waterways

Summary

Brimbank Council is seeking assurances that the safety of our community and the environment is paramount. This follows recent concerns of PFAS (Per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances) contamination of local waterways caused by the types of chemicals used in legacy firefighting foams at Melbourne Airport.

Brimbank Council is seeking assurances that the safety of our community and the environment is paramount. This follows recent concerns of PFAS (Per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances) contamination of local waterways caused by the types of chemicals used in legacy firefighting foams at Melbourne Airport.

Brimbank Council was recently made aware of local contamination issues concerning PFAS following risk assessments conducted by the EPA. The EPA recently lifted restrictions on the use of water for irrigation purposes, as well as recreational use. However the recommendation not to consume fish from the Maribyrnong River, Arundel Creek and Upper Deep Creek remains.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Council would write to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), as well as State and Federal Ministers, to request the urgent appointment of a dedicated officer to address legacy and ongoing PFAS concerns in the affected areas.

“Concern continues for our community of the impact of PFAS contamination to human health, the environment and our waterways.

“Our community needs to know that our environment and waterways will be protected from contamination.

“We want a means of managing the long-term issue and ensuring the viability of the environment and our waterways is protected,” Cr Giudice said.

A Notice of Motion was moved by Cr Virginia Tachos at this week’s Ordinary Council Meeting (16 October 2018), requesting that Council write to Federal and State Government expressing Brimbank’s position on this issue, and calling for the direct appointment of an officer to investigate PFAS concerns, to provide a single reference point for authorities and the community.

“Our concern is for our community and the viability of irrigators and farmers in this green wedge area.

“We want a dedicated officer put in place to respond to the ongoing PFAS incident associated with Melbourne Airport.

“The officer can provide the support and advice on any ongoing management of the issue, particularly for landowners directly impacted by PFAS,” Cr Tachos said.