Shine Lawyers is investigating a class action for the chemical contamination of soil and groundwater in and around Lavarack Barracks, a major Australian Army base located in Townsville, Queensland. Our investigation seeks to determine whether the contamination was a result of the Department of Defence using firefighting foam containing per- and poly- fluoroalkyls (PFAS).
About the Lavarack Barracks PFAS Contamination Class Action Investigation
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. This foam consists of toxic chemicals known as ‘PFAS’.
The Lavarack Barracks PFAS Contamination Class Action is intended to be for members of the community who own, or who have owned property in or around the investigation area. Shine Lawyers are investigating whether the PFAS contamination from the Lavarack Barracks has negatively impacted properties, land values and the livelihoods of the community.
The investigation for Lavarack Barracks follows the successful class actions for Oakey and Katherine by Shine Lawyers against the Department of Defence, for the contamination of soil and groundwater which led to the decline of property values.
The ADF completed a detailed site investigation at RAAF Lavarack Barracks in December 2019, with results detecting PFAS in soil, surface water, groundwater and sediment around the base. The base’s Former Fire Station, Former Fire Training Area and Former Helicopter Landing Area were identified as some of the potential main sources of PFAS contamination.
The Lavarack Barracks PFAS Contamination Class Action Investigation does not include personal injury claims for exposure to the PFAS contamination. The adverse health effects of exposure to PFAS chemicals, and the viability of a class action will continue to be investigated. Class actions such as this have been run in other countries around the world for both defence force personnel and communities.
How to register for the Lavarack Barracks PFAS Contamination Class Action Investigation
If your property is located in the Lavarack Barracks contamination investigation area, and was owned by you in 2017, you are encouraged to register for this class action investigation so that you may seek the compensation you are entitled to.
Who is Shine Lawyers’ Class Action team?
Shine Lawyers’ Class Action team includes some of the firm’s most experienced solicitors and support staff. The team includes: