Independent investigation must be launched into suspected Port Fairy contamination

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell is calling for an investigation independent of Government into the suspected contamination of water at popular surf spot The Passage in Port Fairy.

Ms Britnell said a full, independent and transparent investigation was essential and has written to the Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio asking her to launch such an investigation.

Ms Britnell said there are several universities or agencies from other states that could conduct an independent investigation.

“We’ve got two people could have died they were so sick after surfing over Easter and the community wants answers,” Ms Britnell said.

“A full and independent investigation is essential to ensure the community has confidence that the cause of this suspected contamination is found and dealt with appropriately.”

Ms Britnell said people in the Port Fairy community were expressing concerns this incident won’t be investigated properly.

“I’m being told a Government investigating itself doesn’t provide them with any confidence they will get answers – and that’s a statement I would agree with.”

“It’s imperative that samples collected are sent to an independent body for testing and investigation.”

Ms Britnell said the natural environment was one of the region’s biggest assets and it must be protected.

“We rely on the environment for our way of life and for our vital tourism sector – the last thing I want is confidence eroded so that people don’t feel safe coming here to enjoy our beaches,” she said.

“A truly independent investigation and then taking any actions required is the only way to ensure that confidence in our environment can be maintained.”

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