PFAS Independent Review received by Government

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The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP

Assistant Minister for Defence

Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Assistant Minister for the Republic

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5 April 2024

The Albanese Government has received the independent review of land uses around key Defence bases impacted by per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.

The review was commissioned to deliver on the Government’s election commitment to explore alternative uses for land impacted by PFAS. It focussed on communities around RAAF Base Williamtown, in New South Wales, the Army Aviation Centre Oakey, in Queensland, and RAAF Base Tindal, in the Northern Territory.

Mr Jim Varghese AM was appointed to undertake the review. In doing so, Mr Varghese visited communities surrounding the three Defence sites, conducting a series of public hearings and stakeholder engagements to hear the concerns of community members, industry and academia, and consult across all levels of government. 

A public consultation process was open to allow the review to hear from other impacted communities.  

The Albanese Government will now take the necessary time to consider the findings of the independent review and its recommendations.

Quotes attributable to the Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP:  

“The Albanese Labor Government is committed to helping communities affected by PFAS contamination around Defence bases.

“I would like to thank the local communities and individuals who contributed to this review. Your views and experiences will assist the Government as we move forward.


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