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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

Lavarack Barracks

Lavarack Barracks PFAS Investigation

Summary of the Investigation

Lavarack Barracks
In October 2017, Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of Lavarack Barracks.

The objective of this environmental investigation is to identify the nature and extent of PFAS in the environment from the use of legacy firefighting foam at the Base.

The three stages to the investigation are outlined below:

Preliminary Site Investigation
The first stage of the investigation, the Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI) has been completed.

Detailed Site Investigation
Defence commenced a Detailed Site Investigation (DSI) in May 2018. The DSI will involve sampling of ground water, surface water, soil and sediment within the Investigation Area. A detailed report will be prepared and shared with relevant government and regulatory bodies and the Lavarack community.

Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
The DSI findings will be used to inform the requirement to conduct a Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments (HHERA). If required, the HHERA will evaluate potential exposure pathways to people, plants and animals and will be used to inform potential actions to reduce PFAS exposure.
Further information on the investigation process can be found at the investigation process page.

The findings from the investigations will be used to identify and prioritise site specific management actions to address PFAS contamination.

Defence is committed to regularly updating the community throughout the investigation. As well as community engagement events, updates are provided through the project website, newsletters and factsheets as new information becomes available.

Community Notice

Release of Precautionary Advice for the Consumption of Fish in the
Lavarack Barracks Investigation Area

The Department of Defence has released interim precautionary fish consumption advice for lakes in the Townsville suburb of Idalia based on recommendations from the Queensland Department of Health following the review of sampling results from the Lavarack Barracks per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Environmental Investigation. Further information is available in the newsletter below.