A welcome start but more needed

Federal Labor welcomes Defence’s acknowledgement of the concerns felt by residents affected by the contamination of soil and water from legacy fire-fighting foams at RAAF Base Williamtown, at today’s Senate hearing.

We also welcome Defence’s commitment to resolving this complex issue:

“Defence is committed to undertaking ecological and human health risk assessments to understand current exposure scenarios and associated risks”

Deputy Secretary of Defence Estate and Infrastructure Group - Steve Grzeskowiak – 3 December 2015

However it’s clear more needs to be done.

We call on the Government to clarify what compensation will be provided to residents for the full range of losses suffered.

We also call on the Government to improve consultation with the community, particularly on the remediation options, and to address the uncertainty around the health risks associated with the contamination.

The next hearing in Williamtown on 22 December 2015 will highlight the concerns of affected residents, who are encouraged to make submissions.

Submissions are now open and will close on 14 December 2015.

Labor will continue to monitor the situation closely and advocate for the Williamtown and surrounding community.

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