Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the support of the Senate in calling on the Turnbull government to publicly disclose how the $55 million funding package promised for PFC remediation has been spent, and to pay for residents living in Williamtown, Fullerton Cove and Salt Ash under similar contamination conditions to those inside the Red Zone to be connected to town water.
“We are now past 90 days since Prime Minister Turnbull announced a $55 million package for remediation, an epidemiological study, blood testing, mental health and counselling and a dedicated Community Liaison Office.
“Communities in Williamtown, Oakey and around the country deserve to know when, where and how that money will be spent.
“This issue is not just about the potential physical health impacts of this contamination on residents and workers, but it is equally about their mental health.
“Over a year of financial uncertainty, interruptions to local businesses, insecurity and anxiety over health implications had taken a massive toll on these communities, and the best thing the Turnbull government can do is to set out clear timelines for action.
“The ‘red zone’ in Williamtown is considered by many to be an arbitrary zone, and many residents who live outside of it should have the option to be connected to town water if they require it.
NOTICE OF MOTION 12 September 2016
I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that –
That the Senate –
a) Notes that:
i) on 14 June 2016 the Turnbull government announced a $55 million package, paid for from the existing Defence budget, for:
- containment and remediation of perfluorinated compound (PFC) contamination around the country;
- an epidemiological study to examine the effects of PFC contamination in communities around the country;
- a voluntary blood testing program;
- specialised mental health and counselling services; and
- the appointment of a dedicated Community Liaison Office; and
b) Calls on the Government to report on the progress of each item under the $55 million package; and
c) Calls on the Government to pay for residents living in Williamtown, Fullerton Cove and Salt Ash under similar contamination conditions to those inside the Red Zone to be connected to town water.
SENATOR LEE RHIANNON SENATOR NICK XENOPHON