Shine Lawyers is continuing investigations into chemical contamination of soil and groundwater in and around Townsville. Shine Lawyers are investigating whether contamination is due to the use of firefighting chemicals by the Department of Defence containing per- and poly- fluoroalkyls (PFAS). Click here to register now.
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 Townsville has a history of using this foam during training.
The Department of Defence are undertaking investigations to determine the extent of land and groundwater contamination from the use of PFAS chemicals on the RAAF Base Townsville. Click here to download a copy of the investigation area map.
What is this class action about?
The potential class action would be on behalf of members of the Townsville community who own, or have owned property in the contaminated area. Shine Lawyers are investigating whether the contamination by PFAS has negatively impacted land values in Townsville.
The Townsville investigation follows the launch of a class action in Oakey by Shine Lawyers against the Department of Defence.
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 Townsville area. As part of this investigation, the Department of Defence has released a map identifying the investigation area - click here to download a copy.
At present, to be eligible for the potential Class Action, your property must be located in or around the investigation area and owned by you in 2016.
It may be that the eligibility criteria for the Class Action will change, depending on legal advice. If the criteria 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 Townsville investigation team includes: