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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

Bandiana Military Area

Wodonga Town Water Testing


On 17 September, North East Water issued a media release to confirm that the Wodonga drinking water supply is safe to drink. This advice is based on the results of sampling undertaken by North East Water in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Sampling showed no levels of concern, with PFAS detections well below the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Visit the North East Water Website for further information.

Bandiana Military Area

PFAS Investigation & Management

Bandiana Military Area
In July 2017, Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of Bandiana Military Area.

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.

All findings from the investigation are available on the publications page, including detailed reports and factsheets.

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.

Investigation Timeline

More information about the investigation stages is available on the investigation process page.


PFAS Management Area Plan

Expected
First Quarter 2020

Based on the findings of the investigation, the PMAP will recommend actions to manage and reduce the risks of PFAS exposure, where required.

Based on the findings of the investigation, the PMAP will recommend actions to manage and reduce the risks of PFAS exposure, where required.


Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment

Expected
First Quarter 2020

The purpose of the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks people, plants and animals within the Investgation Area.

The purpose of the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks to plants and animals within the Investgation Area.


Detailed Site Investigation

Complete
Sep 2018

The Detailed Site Investigation involved sampling of soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater, to better understand how PFAS moves through the environment.

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

Complete
Aug 2017

The Preliminary Site Investigation involved a review of the historical use of firefighting foams on-Base to identify potenital sources of PFAS contamination.

The Preliminary Site Investigation involved a review of the historical use of firefighting foams on-Base to identify potenital sources of PFAS contamination.


Preliminary Sampling Program

Complete
Sep 2016

The Preliminary Sampling Program was undertaken at 12 Defence sites, including Bandiana Military Area. Based on the findings of this program, the 12 sites involved progressed to Detailed Environmental Investigations.

The Preliminary Sampling Program was undertaken at 12 Defence sites, including Bandiana Military Area. Based on the findings of this program, the 12 sites involved progressed to Detailed Environmental Investigations.