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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base Williamtown

Community Consultation Timeline

Past community consultation events are recorded here. The most recent events appear first, older events can be found in the expandable menus below.

2018 Consultations

OCT 18

Community Walk-in Session

On 18 October Defence held a Community Walk-in Session to provide the local community an update on the detailed environmental investigation into per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at RAAF Base Williamtown and nearby areas.

Members of the investigation team were available to discuss the progress of the investigation and answer questions about the 2018 Ecological Risk Assessment and Interim Monitoring Report. In addition, Defence provided an update on the development of the PFAS Management Area Plan.

Further information is available in the presentation and factsheets (right). Further information is available in the presentation and factsheets below.

2017 Consultations

DEC 5-6

Community Information Session and Walk-in Sessions

On the 5th of December Defence held a community information session at Williamtown to present the findings of the 2017 Off-Site Human Health Risk Assessment and Environmental Site Assessment.

The information session was followed by two community walk-in sessions on the 6th of December where community members were invited to talk about the investigation with representatives from Defence, the investigation team and other Government Agencies.

The Off-Site Human Health Risk Assessment and Environmental Site Assessment reports are available on the publications page. Further information is available in the following factsheets and presentation:

APR 06

Community Information Session – Sensitivity Assessment Report

In April 2017 Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) released tolerable daily intakes (TDI) for PFAS substances. On 6 April 2017, Defence updated the Williamtown community on the effect of the new TDIs on the Human Health Risk Assessment. Download the presentaion to find out more about the new TDIs and how they might affect you.

2016 Consultations

DEC 14

Community Information Session – Preliminary Ecological Risk Assessment and Management Actions for 2017

On 14 December 2016, Defence updated the Williamtown community on the environmental investigation in the area. The presentation gave a broad overview of the situation at Williamtown, and is a good resource for residents who want to know what Defence has done so far. The session focused on environmental management processes, such as water sampling results, but also included some information on health guidelines and blood testing. It reflects Defence’s ongoing commitment to investigating both the ecological and health effects of PFAS.

NOV 02

Community Information Session –Human Health Risk Assessment

On 2 November 2016, Defence held an information session to update the Williamtown community on the human health risks from PFAS contamination in the area. It is an important resource on the human health risks of PFAS and includes everything Defence currently knows about the health risks in Williamtown. It showed what information Defence has been given on health risks, combined with what Defence knows about the use of local land. In doing so, it informed residents which locations and products carried most risk from PFAS contamination. Residents who are concerned about their intake of PFAS should view this presentation to gain an understanding of the risks to them.

Aug 9-10

Community Information Session – Stage 2B Environmental Site Assessment and Human Health Risk Assessment

Defence conducted an information session on 9 August and community walk-in sessions on 10 August 2016 to explain the upcoming human health risk assessment. The sessions described what kinds of activities would be undertaken in this assessment, and the possible health risks which might be identified. They also provided early information on the kinds of environmental activities Defence plans to implement. The presentation answered questions raised by earlier sessions on health and environmental issues, and posed new ones for future Defence investigations.

JUN 23

Community Reference Group Presentation – History of Williamtown RAAF Base and Remediation Trials Overview

On 23 June 2016, Defence held a presentation and information session for the Williamtown community reference group, comprised of Defence and non-Defence attendees. The session gave a basic overview of where PFAS came from, why it was used, and how it can potentially be removed from the area. It delivered an overview of RAAF Base Williamtown’s history, including its use of firefighting foams in the past. It also showed the results of some remediation trial programs.

MAR 03

Community Reference Group Presentation – History of Williamtown RAAF Base and Remediation Trials Overview

On 3 March 2016, Defence gave a presentation on the environmental investigation into Williamtown. This follow-up to the opening session included further information on the extent of contamination and proposed possible management options for the future. It also outlined how residents can access ongoing water assistance from Defence, to ensure they knew what precautions they could take to protect themselves as the investigation deepened.

Community Survey (closed)

In 2017 Defence opened a Community Survey as part of the RAAF Base Williamtown Environmental Investigation to inform Defence’s ongoing investigation of, and response to, PFAS contamination in the Investigation Area.

The community survey is now closed. Thank you to all who participated.