WATER — PFAS —
103. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the
Minister for Water:
refer to the minister's recent media statements supporting communities
in the Agricultural Region and, in particular, the South West Region with news of a new water pipeline connecting
Denmark with the lower great southern towns water supply scheme. When
will the government stop ignoring the residents of Bullsbrook in the East
Metropolitan Region, who have literally been poisoned by RAAF Base Pearce, and
connect them with fresh clean water?
thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. On behalf of the
Minister for Regional Development representing the Minister for Water, I
provide the following answer.
The WA government is not ignoring
the residents of Bullsbrook. The federal government, as the polluter, is
responsible for the resolution of PFAS issues in
Bullsbrook. In June 2019, the Water Corporation provided the Department of
Defence with options and indicative costs for connection to the integrated water
supply scheme. The federal government has advised that it does not intend to
connect the community of west Bullsbrook to scheme water. We continue to press
the federal government on this issue and seek a fair resolution to this matter.