RAAF Base Townsville
PFAS Investigation & Management
All findings of the investigation are available on the publications page, including detailed reports and factsheets.
Defence has used the findings of the investigation to develop a PFAS Management Area Plan. This plan will inform the activities Defence will undertake to manage, monitor and reduce the risks of PFAS exposure on, and around, the Base.
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.
More information about the investigation stages is available on the investigation and management process page.
PFAS Management Area Plan
The PFAS Management Area Plan informs the activities Defence will undertake to manage, monitor and reduce potential risks of PFAS exposure on, and around, the Base.
Ecological Risk Assessment
The purpose of the Ecological Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks to plants and animals, within the Investigation Area.
The purpose of seasonal monitoring is to provide a better understanding of the movement of PFAS within the Investigation Area during wet and dry periods and following significant rain events.
Human Health Risk Assessment
The purpose of the Human Health Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks to people, within the Investigation Area.
Detailed Site Investigation
The Detailed Site Investigation involved sampling of soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater to better understand how PFAS moves through the environment.
Preliminary Site Investigation
The Preliminary Site Investigation involved a review of the historical use of firefighting foams on-Base to identify potenital sources of PFAS contamination.