Shine Lawyers is pursuing justice for property owners in Townsville whose land has been contaminated by PFAS chemicals used by the RAAF Base Townsville.
About the Townsville PFAS Contamination Class Action
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 class action alleges that the Department of Defence negligently allowed these toxic chemicals to escape from the RAAF Base Townsville, and contaminate local environments. These contaminants have negatively impacted properties, land values and the livelihoods of the Townsville community.
Shine Lawyers has filed a class action to seek compensation for Townsville property owners who have suffered loss in their property value due to contamination caused by the RAAF Base Townsville.
The ADF finalised a detailed site investigation report at the RAAF Base Townsville in May 2018, with results detecting PFAS in surface water, sediment and groundwater in areas surrounding the Base. PFAS was also detected in soil off-base, however these levels did not exceed health based recommendations. The main sources of PFAS soil and groundwater contamination include multiple former fire training grounds.
The Townsville PFAS Contamination Class Action 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 Townsville PFAS Contamination Class Action
If your property is located in the Townsville contamination investigation area, and was owned by you on 29th November 2016, you are encouraged to register for this class action so that you may seek the compensation you are entitled to.
To register for the Townsville PFAS Contamination Class Action, you have two options:
Other communities that are part of the PFAS Contamination Class Action
If you have any questions or require any assistance in registering for the class action, please contact our Townsville PFAS Contamination Class Action team on 1800 066 173.
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: