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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 854 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 August 2019 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 15 August 2019

FORRESTFIELD–AIRPORT LINK — SOIL CONTAMINATION

854. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to soil excavated from the Forrestfield–Airport Link project, and the lack of specific answers to my questions without notice 835 and 816, asked yesterday and the day before, on FAL soil transported by the Public Transport Authority from 777 Abernethy Road, Forrestfield, to the Kenwick rail freight facility project.

(1) Exactly how many metres is the distance between FAL soil placed at the Kenwick rail freight facility project site and Woodlupine Brook?

(2) Exactly how many metres is the distance between FAL soil placed at the Kenwick rail freight facility project site and any surface water body or wetland area?

(3) Was the producer of the PFAS-contaminated material deposited on lot 777 Abernethy Road, Forrestfield, the Salini Impregilo–NRW Joint Venture; and, if not, who was the legal producer of the material?

(4) Exactly what amount of money was paid by the Public Transport Authority for the FAL excess fill material contaminated with PFAS to be transported to each of the NorthLink WA project and the Kenwick rail freight facility project to be used as engineered backfill?

(5) In each of those projects, who is the legally identified recipient noted in the minister's answer to my question yesterday, and how much did each pay for the fill material?

(6) Will the minister please provide the receipt evidence of those payments and the consignment notes or equivalent for the soil shipments they relate to?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

Honourable member, the question I have refers to question without notice number ''XXX'' and 816, so I presume that they have answered it as per what you said. I point that out just in case.

Hon Dr Steve Thomas: Yesterday and the day before should cover it.

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON: Sure. I have just seen it now.

The following information is provided on behalf of the Minister for Transport.

(1) Forrestfield–Airport Link soil placed at the Kenwick rail freight facility project site is a minimum of 180 metres from Woodlupine Brook.

(2) The closest surface water body to the Kenwick rail freight facility project site is Yule Brook. FAL soil placed at the Kenwick rail freight facility project site is a minimum of 450 metres from Yule Brook. The closest wetland area to the Kenwick rail freight facility project site is the Brixton Street wetlands. FAL soil placed at the Kenwick rail freight facility project site is a minimum of 650 metres from the Brixton Street wetlands.

(3) The legal producer of the material deposited on lot 777 Abernethy Road, which has low levels of PFAS that are comparable to the levels present in soils in most urban areas around the world, including Australia, is the state through the Public Transport Authority.

(4) At the completion of these earthworks, the PTA will have contributed $250 000 towards the transport of fill material to the NorthLink WA project and $2 million towards the transport of fill material to the Kenwick rail freight facility project.

(5)–(6) For the NorthLink WA project, the legally identified recipient of the fill material was Main Roads WA. The PTA understands that the amount paid by Main Roads WA's contractor was in the order of $200 000. For the Kenwick rail freight facility project, the legally identified recipient is the PTA.