Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has received the final report confirming per-and- polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances, that exceed those recommended for public open space, have been identified in the surface soil at the northern section Ollie Robbins Oval, Dubbo. DRC have now formally issued the report to NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW).

The identified section of Ollie Robbins Oval was fenced off to the public on Friday (17 December 2021) following advice received earlier that morning and public information was issued. The fencing will remain in place until further notice as a precautionary measure to keep our community safe.

Short and long term solutions will be determined in collaboration with other key agencies. DRC will continue to keep the community informed.

The detection is a result of groundwater investigations which have been taking place since early 2019 as part of drought security planning. During those investigations levels of PFAS were detected in a number of the city’s bores. As a result there was one bore that exceeded PFAS limits and it was taken off line. DRC has since been taking steps to determine the origin of the contamination.

Consistent testing at the John Gilbert Water Treatment facility has shown the city’s potable water supply is not affected.

For more information on PFAS visit Australian Government's PFAS Information Portal or Department of Health's webpage Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances

Last Edited: 24 Dec 2021

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