The Federal Coalition Government has today announced a $5.7 million community support package, including voluntary free blood testing as well as counselling for Katherine residents affected by PFAS contamination on RAAF Base Tindal.
Country Liberal Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Federal Coalition Government has been totally committed to supporting the people of Katharine throughout this difficult period.
“I am pleased to be announcing voluntary free blood testing as well as additional counselling support, consistent with support being provided to other affected communities around Australia.
“In addition to voluntary free blood testing and counselling services, the Federal Government will also be funding an epidemiological study looking at the potential causes and patterns of the health effects of PFAS in the Katherine community.
“The additional measures that we have announced today have been informed by the results of an interim Human Health Risk Assessment. It is expected the full Human Health Risk Assessment as well as an Ecological Risk Assessment will be completed in early 2018.
“It is important to recognise that the Federal and NT governments already took swift action prior to today to ensure the Katherine town water supply was safe to drink, effectively extinguishing all pathways to PFAS exposure.
“Unfortunately, some have used the PFAS issue to play politics and to whip up unfounded fear and hysteria in the community.
“I can only hope that today’s announcement demonstrates the government’s absolutely steadfast and unwavering commitment to supporting Katherine residents in line with expert advice and following only the most rigorous scientific processes,” Senator Scullion said today.
Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) chemicals were used on RAAF Base Tindal between 1988 and 2011.
More information is available at:
Department of Health
Department of Defence
- phone: 1800 365 414