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Question Without Notice No. 1129 asked in the Legislative Council on 8 November 2018 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

SOIL AND WATER CONTAMINATION — WEST BULLSBROOK

1129. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Minister for Water:

I refer to the integrated water supply scheme, which provides drinking water to Bullsbrook and RAAF Base Pearce.

(1) Can the minister explain why, despite per-fluoroalkyl and poly-fluoroalkyl substances contamination being widely known by state and federal governments, there are no plans or funding to extend the Bullsbrook water supply scheme to those properties affected by PFAS contamination to the west of the current Bullsbrook town site?

(2) Will the minister now fast-track those residents currently not attached to mains scheme water in west Bullsbrook onto scheme water?

(3) If no to (2), why not?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Minister for Water has provided the following information.

(1)–(3) The resolution of PFAS-related issues is a matter for the commonwealth, as the commonwealth caused the contamination. State environmental laws have limited application to commonwealth land, and state agencies have limited line of sight to the investigation, remediation and mitigation practices of federal agencies. The Water Corporation is liaising with consultants appointed by the appropriate commonwealth departments to provide advice on scheme water options for the west Bullsbrook area. If the scheme is to be extended to west Bullsbrook in order to mitigate the impacts of PFAS contamination, this would need to be funded by the commonwealth.