Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington MP has called on the Turnbull and Berejiklian governments to have a heart this Valentine’s Day, and support the communities affected by PFAS contamination.
After almost two and half years of heartache living under the cloud of toxic contamination, residents of Williamtown, Fullerton Cove and Salt Ash, are at breaking point.
Both the NSW and Commonwealth governments seem content in dragging their heels while affected residents continue to suffer, becoming more desperate as each day passes.
Recently, no love has been lost between contaminated communities and the Turnbull Government after a Senate Motion was effectively ignored which otherwise would have provided residents with an update on options to leave their contaminated properties. Instead, a document containing no options was tabled leading to bitter despair among hundreds of heartbroken residents.
The NSW Government’s Hunter Spokesperson, Scot MacDonald MLC, has put politics before people, previously blaming residents for their diabolical financial situation, insisting their property values have fallen only because residents made such a fuss about the contamination.
Local community groups continue to make it clear that a lack of progress is resulting in mental and physical ill-health, and desperate residents are being ignored in an attempt by government agencies to limit liability.
Quotes attributable to Kate Washington MP
“This Valentine’s Day, I’m calling on Defence Minister Marise Payne and NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to have a heart and start supporting the communities affected by PFAS contamination.”
“I genuinely fear what will happen in these communities if the Federal Government’s heartlessness continues. Through no fault of their own, families are living on toxic land, they have high levels of the toxins in their blood and they can’t escape.”
“Some families have been warned not to let their children or grandchildren play outside in case they step in puddles. Residents are telling me that they don’t enjoy life any longer. This just cannot go on.”
“Every level of government kept Defence’s dirty contamination a secret for three years. And now, these communities feel abandoned by the Prime Minister and the Premier.”
“This heartbreaking story must come to an end. My community needs options, not more heartless indifference.”
This item was distributed as a media release on Tuesday 13 February 2018.