Senate PFAS inquiry in Katherine

A public hearing into PFAS contamination will be held by a Senate inquiry in Katherine next week.

The hearing is scheduled at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre from 9.45am to 4.30pm on Thursday.

The inquiry was set up after Senators claimed to have been unhappy with the Federal Government’s handling of the PFAS contamination issue.

The inquiry has already caused a bombshell or two with the NSW Government saying the Commonwealth should compensate people hit by contamination issues if they cannot fix the problem.

Many Katherine residents have joined a class action against the government over lost property values.

Defence and health officials were roundly criticised by Katherine residents at an update forum last month.

The inquiry into PFAS contamination around defence bases is under the banner of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

Local Federal MP Warren Snowdon and Senator Malarndirri McCarthy are members of the committee.

Senator McCarthy is the committee’s deputy chair.

Submissions to the inquiry must be received by July 9.

As yet, no submission from Katherine Town Council or the NT Government has been published by the inquiry.