Dis­gust as kids play in raw sewage

Pilbara News - - News - Ben Leahy

Chil­dren in the Pil­bara’s Parn­pa­jinya com­mu­nity have been play­ing in water con­tam­i­nated by raw sewage as the re­sult of a bro­ken water pump, La­bor MP Stephen Daw­son said.

“It’s ab­so­lutely scan­dalous that kids are play­ing in raw (sewage),” he said.

“The kids are at risk of drown­ing, get­ting hurt or get­ting sick from the filthy water.”

Rais­ing the is­sue in State Par­lia­ment on Septem­ber 6, Mr Daw­son asked Minister for Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs Peter Col­lier if he was aware of re­ports the com­mu­nity had “a mas­sive un­se­cured sewage swamp that kids are play­ing in?”

Mr Col­lier said the Govern­ment be­came aware of the is­sue on Au­gust 30 and had com­pleted plumb­ing work to re­pair the leak.

“Clean-up of the site is ex­pected to be fin­ished by Septem­ber 9,” he said.

But Mr Daw­son said the Govern­ment re­sponse was not good enough.

“Com­mu­nity mem­bers told me they first brought this leak to the Govern­ment’s attention in July but the in­for­ma­tion wasn’t acted upon,” he said.

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