Pub­lic must be kept in­formed

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - From page 1

Ms Siew­ert said that the Bel­mont com­mu­nity needed to re­main in­formed about when and where the con­tam­i­na­tion could spread.

“I don’t want peo­ple to panic and this is where the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment needs to step up and take a na­tional lead­er­ship role to both mon­i­tor the as­sess­ment process and com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple in af­fected com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

A Se­nate in­quiry into the han­dling of the con­tam­i­na­tion around the Wil­liamtown base crit­i­cised the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment for its re­sponse, say­ing it had re­acted slowly con­sid­er­ing the sever­ity of the sit­u­a­tion and had po­ten­tially ex­ac­er­bated men­tal stress by leav­ing peo­ple un­in­formed.

The City of Bel­mont said if res­i­dents had any con­cerns they should con­tact the WA Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion.

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