PORT Stephens Mayor Bruce MacKenzie and general manager Wayne Wallis were set to meet with NSW Minister for Lands and Water, Niall Blair MLC, today to discuss the ongoing impacts of water contamination on residents living near the RAAF Base.
Port Stephens Council general manager Wayne Wallis pictured with Mayor Bruce MacKenzie.
It is expected Cr MacKenzie and Mr Wallis will urge the NSW Government to work with the Department of Defence to address areas of pressing need for the residents of Williamtown, Fullerton Cove and Salt Ash.
A proposal to connect about 260 residences inside or adjacent to the contamination area to the town water supply, reducing reliance on bore water, would be amongst the proposals put forward at the meeting today.
‘‘Residents inside and around the contamination zone have told us loud and clear of their concerns about the potential health implications of exposure to contaminated water for themselves, their families, pets, livestock and gardens,’’ Cr MacKenzie said ahead of the meeting.
‘‘While ultimate resolution of the problem sits with the Department of Defence, we hope that the Minister will be able to make representations to Canberra to secure some relief in the short to medium term.’’
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