Shine Lawyers is investigating a class action for the chemical contamination of soil and groundwater in and around Bullsbrook, a small community north of Perth that sits on the boundary of the RAAF Base Pearce. The investigation is to determine whether the contamination was caused by the Department of Defence using firefighting foam that contained per- and poly- fluoroalkyls (PFAS).
From the 1970s to at least 2004, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) regularly conducted firefighting drills using a type of firefighting foam known as Aqueous Film Forming Foam. RAAF Base Pearce has a history of using this foam during training.
The ADF commenced a detailed site investigation at RAAF Base Pearce in April 2016 with results detecting PFAS in private bores from residential properties. The concentrations detected were in excess of the health assessment levels in Ellen Brook, and exceeding ecological assessment levels up to 3.2km downstream from the base.
The Valuer General in Western Australia recently reviewed the average unimproved value of properties in the Bullsbrook area and confirmed that 137 properties had fallen by 50 per cent.
The Department of Defence has been supplying alternative drinking water to affected properties while longer term solutions are being investigated.
The potential class action would be on behalf of members of the Bullsbrook community who own, or who have owned residential or commercial property in the contamination area. Shine Lawyers are investigating whether the fall in Bullsbrook property values is as a result of the PFAS contamination.
Am I eligible to participate in the Class Action?
The Department of Defence is currently undertaking long-term environmental investigations into the contamination of soil and groundwater in the Bullsbrook area. As part of this investigation, the Department of Defence has released a map identifying the investigation area. A copy of the investigation area map can be accessed on the website of the Department of Defence.
To be eligible for the potential Class Action your property must be located in the investigation area and owned by you in 2016.
The eligibility criteria for the Class Action may change depending on legal advice, however if there are any changes we will let you know.
Who is Shine Lawyers’ Class Action team?
Shine Lawyers’ Class Action team includes some of the firm’s most experienced Special Counsel, Solicitors and support staff, including Law Clerks and Paralegals. The Bullsbrook investigation team includes: