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Question Without Notice No. 359 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 April 2019 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

FORRESTFIELD–AIRPORT LINK — SOIL CONTAMINATION

359. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to my questions in recent weeks on PFAS-contaminated soils excavated from the Forrestfield–Airport Link.

(1) Has the director general of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Mr Darren Foster, attended any meetings or discussions or had any briefings on the PFAS-contaminated soil excavated from the Forrestfield–Airport Link since he took that position?

(2) If yes to (1), on what dates and with whom?

(3) Has the chief of staff of the Premier, Mr Guy Houston, attended any meetings or discussions or had any briefings on the PFAS-contaminated soil excavated from the Forrestfield–Airport Link project since he took that position?

(4) If yes to (3), on what dates and with whom?

(5) Have either Mr Foster or Mr Houston had any discussion with any person on the potential transfer of stockpiled soil or PFAS-contaminated soil excavated from the Forrestfield–Airport Link project to the Peel region or Shire of Boddington?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) Yes. The director general of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet has had many meetings on this issue, including meetings with relevant commonwealth agencies, state agencies and other stakeholders such as Perth Airport.

(3) No.

(4) Not applicable.

(5) No. Discussions of the director general have been exclusively on ensuring re-use of the soil on airport land.