Williamtown red zone resident Rhianna Gorfine on why action is needed now to help people living a nightmare

By Rhianna Gorfine
September 6 2018 - 6:00am
NIGHTMARE: Red zone resident Rhianna Gorfine holds her daughter Bronte, then 5, at the second anniversary last September of the Williamtown contamination announcement. "Three years is quite enough," she said this week. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
NIGHTMARE: Red zone resident Rhianna Gorfine holds her daughter Bronte, then 5, at the second anniversary last September of the Williamtown contamination announcement. "Three years is quite enough," she said this week. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

What has happened in Williamtown is a direct result of the Australian Department of Defence's negligence over decades in the incorrect use and handling of a substance they knew was harmful to the environment. More than that, these events have exposed a broken system, a system that allows a polluter to dictate the terms of its own clean-up, a system which does not have a federal environmental watchdog, a system which places the responsibility of contamination management on Commonwealth lands back to the polluter.

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