New pipe to pump contaminated water offshore from Sunshine Coast Airport

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Swellnet Dispatch

In 2016 work began on Sunshine Coast Airport upgrading it to international capacity. The project was expected to be finished in 2020, however that now appears unlikely due to complications with groundwater contamination.

Last November, Sunshine Coast Council was made aware of high levels of PFAS, a carcinogen commonly found in fire-fighting foam, on the Marcoola site. The discovery led to a temporary shutdown of the project.

PFAS - real name perfluourooctanoic acid - and its sister compound PFOS are used in fire-fighting foam. Their ability to repel both oil and water make them ideal agents to fight chemical fires, and for almost fifty years they've been used by fire fighters, including airport safety crew.

Since 1968 it's been suspected that PFAS is carcinogenic. A fact confirmed in 1970 by 3M, the makers of PFAS, who phased it out three years later. However, PFAS and PFOS products were still made in China and used by airport safety crews here in Australia. During weekly safety drills, PFAS-laden foam has been allowed to soak into surrounding groundwater afterwards. 

PFAS has since been blamed for a cancer cluster at Williamtown, near Newcastle, with 24 people being diagnosed from just one street. It's also been suspected in a raft of other cases occurring around airports.

Sunshine Coast Airport opened in 1961 and, as with other airports around Australia, authorities have recently found nearby groundwaters tainted with PFAS. Sunshine Coast Council has isolated the water and since May they've been working with Queensland's Department of Environment and Science on solutions to dispose of the ponded water, this week deciding to pump it into the ocean.

“The release of ponded water from the site direct to the ocean is the optimum solution," explained Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer in a press release, "as it ensures the stored waters are released at a much greater rate, whilst minimising any potential impacts."

“Surface water and any extracted groundwater will be tested by a qualified and experienced company, and, if required, treated in an onsite water treatment plant to ensure it is below the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) levels, prior to its release."

Location of the proposed Pipeline with position of outlet drawn to scale

The council water will build a $2.5 million underground pipeline which will extend under the dunes and Mudjimba beach, and then snake along the seafloor at a depth of 12 to 14 metres, reaching 400 metres out to sea.

There are 125 megalitres of water to be disposed of with council expecting to pump 8 megalitres a day. With no further deluges it should take 20 days to remove the ponded water.

PFAS is virtually indestructible in the environment, however Cr Dwyer says the "contaminant concentrations of the water at the release point will be almost 200 times below the allowable level."

The pipe will be installed by early October and be operating in mid-October.


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dan@shoreline Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019 at 9:50pm

Sweet as, shouldn't be a problem then. Go humans.

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hamster fart Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 10:07am

hay daddy what doing

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AlfieNorks Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019 at 11:14pm

Coolangatta Airport has the same issue. PFAS contamination is draining off the airport into the creek that flows out just north of Kirra. Council put up some warning signs. The stuff bioaccumulates as well, so its dilution is slowly reversed in the food chain. And PFAS (per and poly fluoro alkyl Substances) is a group of about 4000 chemicals, of which only 28 can be currently identified. PFOS is just one of them. They are (or were) used in gore tex, Teflon, scotch guard and plating shops. They are ubiquitous in urban sewage and attach themselves tenaciously to biological material, which material is commonly extracted from sewage plants and used as soil conditioner for food production. Research into human health effects is embryonic. Everyone has PFAS in their blood at low levels. Its health impacts on biota, including us, will take decades to unravel.

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Blowin Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 6:16am

The two dozen Newcastle crew with cancer will be stoked to hear that it’s all a beat up.

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AlfieNorks Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 7:52am

Less beat up, sadly, more tip of iceberg.

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stunet Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 8:56am

As Chris Ray, who wrote the Herald article about Williamtown, stated, “Few people know of PFOS and its sister compound perfluourooctanoic acid (PFAS). We will soon hear a lot more about them.”

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Freddy Sunshine Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 10:08am

Dilution is not the solution to pollution

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sophie.kate Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 6:11pm

Hey All,
For everyone concerned about the PFAS dump, please show your support by following this FB page I've started. We need groundswell action to show council that we're not happy with their decision. It's the only way it's going to get it stopped and for them to use alternatives.
Thanks heaps in advance,

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thermalben Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 5:58am

It's linked in the article above, but just in case you missed it, here's another article Stu back in January about other PFAS incidents at other airports nearby surf spots.


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morg Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 7:38am

Isn’t that just relocating the problem rather than fixing it. Am I missing something? Might even be creating a bigger problem as will be absorbed by fish and become part of the food chain.

Those of us old enough to remember the infections from surfing caused by untreated sewerage outflows won’t be too exited about this.

Surely they could run the water through some sort of superheater, or other scientific type equipment that can remove, eliminate or destroy the PFAS?

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Sprout Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 7:39am

Nah just dump it in the ocean.

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sdizzle80 Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 12:16pm

Yep your right about shifting the problem. Technology currently exists which enables you to remove PFOS from water. It can be costly but is a better solution

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Sprout Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 2:30pm

Not with the airport already 10 million over budget and behind schedule. Ocean.

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savanova Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 8:27am

I used to get some awesome ear and throat infections from surfing the Bra & Vooie back in the day. Every thing old is new again.

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innatube Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 9:01am

Wonder if they would be doing this if their precious 7 story "ecoresort" had already been built on the beachfront just up the coast.
Probably worth another story but the locals are taking the Sunny Coast Council to court to try and stop a 7 story "ecoresort" consisting of over 1000 hotel rooms and units being built by a Japanese consortium on a small plot of beachfront land. Council regulations stipulate a 4 story limit along this stretch but they have overlooked that regulation to allow this monstrosity to go ahead. Us poor locals have to try and come up with hundreds of thousands of $ to fight our own council over this stuffup. Local councillor Steve Robinson has a lot to answer for.

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stunet Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 9:04am

Ain't nothing more oxymoronic than the term 'ecoresort'.

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dan@shoreline Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 5:55pm

Try this one, the " environmental protection agency" have just granted a company to dump toxic marine dredging from the port of auckland out the back of great barrier island, surely we can sue these pricks on false advertising alone?

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kookfactor Monday, 18 Nov 2019 at 11:27am

Best one I've seen down here was an advert for "eco-land clearing".Guffaw.

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Sprout Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 10:11am

Not to mention the Bokarina Beach abortion and every other high density ghetto in development, Council's easily bought.

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bipola Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 9:20am

it never ends, just pump it out into the ocean. back in the day Bondi Beach used to get flooded with garbage on certain weather conditions

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bigtreeman Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 9:00am

Early 70s we saw a brown plume going from south head, wrapped down the coast to Bondi and beyond.

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abc-od Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 10:04am

Hard to grasp the cavalier attitude on display here considering the dangers PFAS and PFOS present. I assume Council and DES are aware of it, how could they not, but reasoned that extended exposure to groundwater or bioaccumulation in the food chain causes the carcinogens. A 20 day dump is the proverbial piss in a flood. Still, I'd give that stretch a miss during October November.

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nick.minor Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 10:18am

There is a pfas problem back in Melbourne on a different Holland/ CPB site also. The union made a video about it a while back.

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Lanky Dean Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 10:46am

Is that kongs island in the sw of photo?

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stunet Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 10:57am

Yep. You can wash off the PFAS under the magical waterfall.

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Lanky Dean Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 10:47am

I'll have some fish and WTF PEOPLE?

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surfiebum Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 11:18am

Jeezus fuck they are a bunch of arseholes.

And it'll be ongoing - " and also allowing future average rainfall events to be discharged within 24 to 48 hours for the remainder of the construction period" which will then translate to "we are never removing it"

Time to give the local councillor a call, although it will do fuck all as Sprout pointed out they'll do anything for a buck...

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Jof Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 11:51am

The most amusing thing (maybe wrong words) i find with the PFAS problem, as i understand it, is due to the airports being completely anal about training drills there is now a problem. So in effect WHS people have pushed for this and it has had a huge environmental effect and ultimately death effect. Wonder how many other instances there are where WHS has caused more harm than good. Very ironic the people trying to save lives have cause death.

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Lanky Dean Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 3:19pm

training drill. ok jimmy"wink wink Nudge nudge" set off the "foam" .........
Jimmy....why did you actually spray it? oh thats going to cost us....
We have to remember how uneducated we have been with chemicals since well, we invented them.

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MidWestMonger Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 12:20pm

Sadly it seems 'optimal' has only economic and time to implement considered. Such short term thinking releasing carcinogenic contaminated water into the environment. Fingers crossed no one is harmed from such a stupid plan

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monkeyboy Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 12:23pm

...chuck it in the ocean, she'll be right....someone else's problem...

Castaways not much further north has a treated sewage outlet (no pipe under the beach just a creek outflow from Girraween/National Park) - a couple of signs on the beach to inform you - can get itchy in the surf. Noosa's dirty little secret perhaps (although the suburb does have a slightly ironic name).

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rogerelastic Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 1:21pm

PFAS and PFOA are more common than people realise - Carpets, fabric treatments, Oral B Glide - its an emerging problem not limited to fire fighting foaming agents

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morg Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 1:35pm

If they do proceed to dump it in the ocean it sets a dangerous precedent and before we know it will probably happen Gold Coast/Kirra, Williamtown/Stockton, Wreck Bay Village etc. Basically any coastal waterways with high levels of PFAS that they can quietly and conveniently get away with just pumping it out to sea.

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stunet Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 2:12pm

Good point.

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jayet-010 Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 11:38pm

"Basically any coastal waterways with high levels of PFAS that they can quietly and conveniently get away with just pumping it out to sea."

Sure. Except they've released a media statement and the modelled concentration levels will be 200 times below the guideline values.

PFAS/PFOA are an emerging issue and clear and rational discussions are what's required. Not semi-hysterical statements that don't reflect the information provided.

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CutbackBretto Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 12:33pm

Oh Jayet-010...

They released a media statement! Well F__k! That settles it then doesn't it. Nothing to see here... media statement is out. We've got no reason to doubt that our govts are looking after our best interests do we? I mean it's not like they demonstrate time after time that it's about the money. How f__kin gullible are you?

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jayet-010 Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 3:04pm

You missed the point.

They're not trying to hide it. Comments like quietly trying to pump it out sea aren't accurate or helpful.

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CutbackBretto Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 3:13pm

I think I got the point. The facts are simple. They're pumping carcinogens into the ocean directly offshore. Feel free to believe the "modelling" all you want. Our govt institutions have repeatedly demonstrated over decades that they are prepared to bend the stats to suit themselves and their developments.

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jayet-010 Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 5:59pm

I would assume they've completed a fairly detailed risk assessment.

This one's for the Brisbane River but gives you an indication of the type of assessment that should be completed.

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jayet-010 Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 6:01pm

Sick wave btw. Is that you?

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morg Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 12:47pm

I don't know how you all feel about it, however after the outflow happens I certainly wouldn't be comfortable surfing in that area or eating sea food from there. I've done enough research modelling over the years to be acutely aware of just how effectively data can be screwed to tell the desired tale.

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Vic Local Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 3:12pm

Fair Dinkum Queensland, you deserve this type of shit. This is what happens when you fuckers don't pay attention and elect genuinely shithouse politicians at local, state and federal levels.
You guys are Australia's Alabama. You brought it on yourselves, so suffer in ya jocks.

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Terminal Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 3:21pm

"You guys are Australia's Alabama" hahaha, classic!

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Lanky Dean Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 3:23pm

Actually, it's all over australia vic ,unfortunately.......

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Vic Local Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 3:34pm

This is true Lanky Dean, but the solution (build a pipe and pump it out to sea) is pure Queensland. It's a testament to the stupidity of Queenslanders that the authorities actually announced this plan rather than trying to do it under the cover of darkness.

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mbl88 Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 3:45pm

John Holland are the builders on site and they are Melbourne based so you know there's that. Also airports fall under federal construction guidelines. So anything that gets approved on site is signed off by the federal government. Same as gc airport aswell.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 at 8:54am

20/9/2018 (PFAS) EPA Victoria:
"EPA's jurisdiction at Melbourne Airport is limited."

Qldurrz ....One of Us One of Us One of Us....
Whiteshoestomp'n'time! XXXX

List of Federal Airports.

AFP Airports

28 Oct 2016 Sunshine Coast officially 'International' Airport (re: List?)

Qld Govt Co-ord' General oversees project.( Final > Feds?)
Federal Gvt loan $181m to council +Fed approval for Int' Wetlands.

Council / Private Partners -(Palisade) + Joint deal

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JosephStalin Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 10:58pm

You still butt hurt about the election boy?

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 7 Sep 2019 at 8:52pm

"The devil fools with the best laid plan."


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truebluebasher Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 3:22pm

Salute swellnet / thermalben links to 'sprouts' 2019 Sunny Coast PFAS updates.
Deadset champs! Surfers must suss ocean outfalls big time...let's keep up to speed.

US warned Oz 2000 that PFAS was pure evil...get rid of the evidence...(Sure Mate!)
PFAS Dose Level = (Oz breach World levels > Water x 78 / Food x 10 / Blood x 6)
95% of Oz Population has PFAS in their bodies.
Seachange Hot Spots are to valuable to write off...Govt' say- Suck it up then Fuck off.

All seaboard Airports share the PFAS guilt trip.
Amberley RAAF Base PFAS flowed into Bremer River our to sea.
Brisbane Airport PFAS poisoned Moreton Bay Marine Park fish/white spot prawns
Gold Coast Airport PFAS poisons GC WSR & Bilinga groundwater is off limits.
Same Court cases / compo claims still playing out...Oz Wide!

Secret recipe?
US won't touch the stuff. Oz golden showers PFAS over most Seachange Coastlines.
Excess Drums of Fire Fighters PFAS fall off utes for fishermen to use as Shark Berley.
Fire-chem' (FOAM) has Pigs & Bulls / Blood & Bone ...(Today's menu is Fish).
Along with it's phosphate makes for a glowing fertilizer if you know what tbb means.

Airports run it by Councils to freely hose Golf Courses but hit Kidz for sports oval fees.
Until all the 3 eyed rugger ladz got weirded out by incurable infections & rashes...
Turf Farms get in on the act as it boosts yield.

Well spotted! Don't these fields bank onto creeks flowing to sea.( Bull sharks Heaven)
Spoonfull a day into Golf Course water traps...feeds the resident Pro Bull Sharks.

Where to from here...What solutions if any. Thankfully science has some answers.
That's right! No need to flush water during worst ever SEQ Drought (Granite Belt!)

PFAS cleanup (Examples)

1) Restore Water Courses with Timber/Driftwood + Mangroves + Seagrass + Oysters
Natural estuary mop up kit has worked wonders in S/E OZ .

2) Gold Coast Airport (Remediation)

3) Brisbane Airport (Treatment & Remediation)

4) Melbourne Airport Runway Filter > UV Filter Wavepool > Filter > Footy Oval )?
None say because 'Precinct' buys Airport/Urbnsurf/Footy an EPA secret bypass.
Wavegarden temps-Wales 8`-Texas 20`-WA show filtering process...(Not Melbourne)

Crystal Lagoon slashes the cost of massive water treatment...well worth a look
Diagrams of Process...

Gold Coast long term water release fact sheets...(Reference for Sunny Coast crew)

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Who needs the Great Barrier Reef?

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velocityjohnno Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 6:04pm

"...since May they've been working with Queensland's Department of Environment and Science on solutions to dispose of the ponded water, this week deciding to pump it into the ocean."

I see they are using the Fukushima strategy

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JosephStalin Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 at 7:05am

Since may they have been dumping this in the maroochy river it's no secret.

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velocityjohnno Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 6:07pm

Glad tbb mentioned sharks - I remember a thread where tbb showed correlation with golf course runoff and shark hot spots

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debbie.mclean Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 6:12pm

Rate payers should decide whether they agree to this pipeline into the ocean...I'm sure it will definitely be a NO. Please don't let this happen, where are the activists now when we need them☹

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benjis babe Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 8:31pm

yep that is kongs island in the photo and it is also my local. surfair has been our go to for quite a few years as Mudjimba gets more crowded. nice,,, looking forward to surfing 200m south of the toxic pipe. Tim dwyer lives in the Caloundra area. that was good of him to say releasing the toxic water into the ocean.. at my local!!!!! as the optimum solution. I guess he also voted to bury the whale at Wurtulla.. the local council are full of dinosaurs who are out of touch. Help us fight this madness

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charlotte Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 9:21pm

That sounds great lets dilute the chemicals in the oceans so we can all have to headed fish to eat . and maybe it will decrese our sperm count so the human population cant reproduce. Think about it ....

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Danm Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 9:36pm

Wtf I have just read this. Also near my local and clean unf &cked beaches. Im trying to work out how they can get away with this but our council here are a corrupt bunch of f $%ckers development at all costs.

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Anthony Amis Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 9:55pm

Been trying to get a handle on the extent of this nightmare. PFAS chemicals are everywhere: Scotchguard, dental floss, goretex, fast food wrappers etc etc

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truebluebasher Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 12:00am

> > [ ATTENTION ] < <
17th June 2018 - Google Earth clearly shows this same project well under way.
Shows the trench dug & tug vessel towing out some pipe + several other vessels.

B10 Airport & Surrounds MARINE ECOLOGY. (Sunshine Coast Expansion Project)

Changes to quality of Estuarine Flora & Fauna & Biota 'habitat' is moderately possible.
However not long lasting enough to give a shit!

510 -529 - Surfing beaches...Seabed sedimentary build up will be attended to.

velocityjohnno reminds of tbb shark scare..for a very good reason as we're all aware!

Report mentions no impact on endangered sharks but fails to mention beach goers.
1) PFAS is long known as a Shark attractant.
2) Project centres on Mudjimba SLSC < > Marcoola SLSC.
3) October timeline is full blown Nipper Season
4) Pipeline outfall line intersects Shark Drum Lines & Net Contractor's workline
5) Baited Drum Lines + Blood & Bone Berley + Contractors + Jetski Patrol + Nippers.
6) Airport Hotels + Boardriders also crowd this stretch of beach.
7) Qld Govt are awaiting ruling on Drum Line practice whilst sloshing drums of berley.
8) There has been 9 shark Attacks between here & north Qld since last September

Link: Here's approx Location of Shark Drum Lines & Nets. (The Pipe lines up between)
Yeah! It's fine..just give at 2nd nudge...that's gets quicker with each bash...

Please! How can these experts not see the obvious or read the papers or Calendar?
Findings...Not one word of PFAS on tap @ Shark's Bar. (People/Surfers don't register)

We all look silly if Project is on 'Google Earth'...(Best if crew could verify Map & date)
Check: Google Earth 'Most recent Set time' [17th June 2018 ] Cheers!

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curly2alex Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 5:41pm

From memory they were pumping in sand to build up 2nd runway about that time which is why you might see pipe and barge.
Ironic really that we take from the ocean what we want and in return send out our garbage.

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Remigogo Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 8:54am

Oh this gives population density a whole new meaning.

Do some in government really think rate payers are as dense as they are?

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velocityjohnno Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 5:12pm

The solution to pollution is bioaccumulation is what's for dinner.

Seriously, there's some really fubar substances out there and I wonder the link between some of it and increasing cancer numbers, type 1 numbers, autoimmune problems, sealife die-offs, etc. VJ was formerly of the area of expertise of identifying some of this stuff and used to delight in finding old transformers filled to the brim with PCBs, asbestos as far as the eye can see ground up in tailings dumps, or worse still in millboard form in the plenum around electric heaters in HVAC units (that one was a party stopper usually).
Radiation from nuke plants and former tests is supposedly sweet, yet mil docs in the 70's claimed there was effectively no safe level, and there have been some very large releases mostly in the N Hemi in recent years. The one that worries me the most recently is the EMF from phone towers, phones themselves, smart meters, the "internet of things" including your smart toaster and my laptop. Not natural, prepare for 5g on much smaller wavelengths. Microwaves almost. It's enough to make you yearn for your old cord phone (which has just been re-installed here).

(Those bits of research were published 2010-11 then were buried under an avalanche of debunking by MSM papers and sites)

PFOS/PFAS was made in the 1950's - what did they use before in the '40s and WW2 to suppress aircraft fires? Surely we could go less toxic?

Here is a link to the firefighting equipment being used (seems a mix of foam and water) in an infamous example:

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truebluebasher Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 at 10:02am

The rain hammers down thru here...(for days at a time)
Sugar Tramlines & open drains cross Airport site from Hwy to river to sea.
Proposed drain to sea wouldn't raise an eyebrow here.

1992 Maroochy River Conservation Park (1998) Mudjimba Island is a big deal.
Therefore the tidal drains by very nature now become #1 big deal.

Airport's International Runway runoff tides with Maroochy River...(Rare Frogs)
Report is above...others are about if you need them..

Coolum & Northshore Coast Care (Airport Expansion)

2019 Timeline.
Preliminary work involves containing run site off (Later results in site flooding)
March - Work on Runway starts + Coolum Rains begin...

April - Rain sets in...500ml

May 3 - Runway work comes to a Halt.
May 13- 200ML over site + 1m deep excess PFAS water is stored in offsite Tanks.
Locals say Wildlife (Kangaroos) are caught in Muddy overflow.
May 18 - Council has still not costed PFAS treatment plans.

June 1 - Council is due for next round of PFAS testing
June 1 - Govt warns Council to deliver on protections from Runway Expansion PFAS.
June # - Work resumes on Airport Runway
June 7 - EIS Update / Timeline coincides with Airport works < > Beach Pipeline

(Explanation) Dual dredging pipeline ( Sand comes in < > PFAS goes out)

June 17- Google Earth image shows Airport Drain + PFAS Ocean Pipeline being laid.
June 18 - 500 tonne Airport dredging Pipeline is moved into place
June 19 - Large section of beach is closed off for Ocean Pipeline Installation.
June 26 - Airport PFAS Storage Tank readies for PFAS pipeline to Ocean.

July 20 - Airport PFAS Storage Tank is installed (220 ML)

JWA Beach contractor site / re: access. [All access project links *****]

> > [ ATTENTION ] < < + > > [ NEWS ] < <
August 25 -Deputy Mayor's Video Address (See main Story)

1)Airport can't dump PFAS into Maroochy River, so they access Ocean to dilute it.
2)Airport Tank is never gonna treat flooded PFAS so they seek direct pumping.
3)Mayor > below Oz PFAS levels.(Hardly Good ! see: tbb above Oz Water x 78 ws)

August 26 - Airport PFAS Tank / Management Plan is now in place to 'treat' PFAS.
August 28 - New Pipe is in place to Pump PFAS.(Initial large volume is untreated)

tbb was thrown by the Dual Action we're all on the same page now!

Doc Motherlode

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Hirsty Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 at 6:59am

Is this something that should be stopped and if so where can I jump on board with some real action towards stopping it and not just having a whinge like most of us Great Australains do when Government fucks us!!!

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sandcrab Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 at 9:37am

will you accept an inferior fire fighting foam when its your family trapped in fuel soaked wreckage

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truebluebasher Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 at 10:46am

Hirsty wishes to fight the good fight...tbb +Qld salutes!...just hold your steam.
This sly 'done deal' approves untreated PFAS being pumped raw into our surf breaks.
Meaning flooded PFAS presenting as a hazard, can now be pumped untreated to sea.
All Govts are on board as Hero Ocean Pipe "Saves wetlands" (Lesser of two evils)

If Sunny Coast Airport can dump PFAS > Then equally so Oz wide Defence /Airports.
This triggers an OZ Wide War on Ocean Dumping of untreated PFAS.

[NEWS] On the Firefighting Front.
May 2019 Aust' / Global Firefighters call for ban on PFAS
Cost effective Fluorine-free alternatives work as well or better.
New alternatives do not cause harm to humans & environment.

All 27 major Oz airports have transitioned to Fluorine Free.
Global Air / Oil / Shipping / Military are agree new brew works better.

Much more than that, it's a basic human rights issue.
Save the Firefighter / Save the World.

Qld Fire Services want PFAS gone from here & every Airport.

Wave of the Day~~~^~~~~/(`~~~~/(C`..[ Hirsty )

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jayet-010 Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 at 3:41pm

So if 200 times below the guideline limit is not acceptable than what is acceptable and how much are you willing to pay for it?

Maybe we could raise GST another 5% to pay for all these environmental issues?

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Sir Abacus Bent Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 12:11pm

jayet, why do you trust the word of those who either incompetently failed to identify the problem in the planning stage or deliberately chose to hide it for, I presume, commercial purposes?

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jayet-010 Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 3:43pm

I'm not big on conspiracy theories, but if you have evidence of wrongdoing ...

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Sir Abacus Bent Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 4:49pm

You will find 'wrong-doing', as you call it, in one of these:

a) It is possible that the consultant was incompetent and he missed a problem in the planning and investigative stage of the project. That is unlikely as we are told this is a common problem at airports around Australia (That would be some kind of incompetence!)
b. The council was well aware of the need to dump PFAS in the ocean but deliberately did not tell the public when it sought the public's support for the new airport. That would be some kind of dishonesty! :o)

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jayet-010 Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 8:55pm

Or they got a shit load more rain than was expected and had to find a way to manage the water before they had an uncontrolled release!

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Sir Abacus Bent Monday, 2 Sep 2019 at 9:23am

I see you went for option 'a'. Fair enough .
What you are really saying is the scientist and others responsible for assessing the risk failed to take into account a significant but not record breaking rain event. That is frightening incompetence
Dumping PFAS in our children's playgrounds... another spit in then face from the Sunshine Coast Council .
Who votes for this shit?

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CutbackBretto Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 2:59pm

I reckon you're involved in this somehow.

The average person can make an educated decision to stop trusting institutions that have consistently misled the public over decades... but you... you're like...

"Well... if they say it's ok, then I'm good with that."

You're probably happy to scull a glass of Glyphosate because they're saying it's fine!

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jayet-010 Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 4:53pm

It must be liberating to be so free from reality!

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Feralkook Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 at 11:04am

What most Australian's do not understand is this shit has been used at every airport in the country for decades. Allowing it to drain in the ocean is not the solution and another method of remediation of that waste and contaminated groundwater needs to be used. Now I am waiting for the Government to open another exposure register to add my name too, along with the Asbestos and Beryllium registers I am already on.
There was a company I believe who approached the Commonwealth when Oakey blew up in the government's face with a very workable but expensive solution that offered a high success factor. Of course, their services were not required because the government was "doing stuff".

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Sacdog1 Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 8:56am

"The release of pounded water from the site direct to the ocean is the optimal solution"
From a monetary point of view I'm sure it is,

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bigtreeman Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 9:43am

To hold any entity (person, company, government) liable you have to gather data. It will be in the future, the damage will have been done, but those responsible might eventually be held responsible or compensation might be paid.
To stop these types of things happening in the future we have to take positive action now. At Turimetta beach we took water samples for the university to analyze, now at Jacobs Well, I am recording dust pollution from our local sand mine and sometimes it is well out of order. When the mining and recycling operations heard that I was monitoring their dust levels I was immediately contacted by the DES for more information. They only were concerned if my data would hold up in court.
Before the outfalls start operating, take background readings, then start taking regular samples and have them analyzed. Hook up with the university, they do this type of research. In the future this data might be essential. Don't rely on the Department of Environment and Science, they are underfunded and don't have the staff to monitor or enforce anything.
Dust is my pet project at the moment, if you want a dust monitor, contact me, I put them together cheap.

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thermalben Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 10:29am

Great idea.

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jayet-010 Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 3:58pm

Citizen science. Good idea. Maybe you can crowdfund it?

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Yaroomba Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 8:28am

I'm an enviro scientist and live in Yaroomba (couple of KMs from the proposed outfall). If someone knows how to set up crowd funding to pay for lab costs, I will do the testing. Propose 5 sampling points: 1 @ 500m south, 1 @ 100m south, 1 @ outfall, 1 @ 100m north, 1 @ 500m north. All sample points in the recreation zone (<50m offshore).
I volunteer to do the work (would be nice for others to volunteer to help) if someone can volunteer to setup crowdfunding. I've contacted the lab for a quote for each test so we know how much we are chasing.

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Hirsty Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 6:03am

I'll help mate!!!! I'm no scientist but I'm keen to get involved in any way shape or form!

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linda.fisher Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 10:11am

Ok something has to be done. Why can’t we 1. Change to non- fluorine foams in the future? and 2. Cart awy this hazardous water to somewhere else, bury it, treat it or whatever we do to get rid if it instead of putting it in the ocean? Why is this not an alternative? Community living here need to have a say in this! Stop this Council!!!!! I don’t trust them - I just read the report about low impacts on this that and the other and got to the bit about stopping if while pouring into the ocean the readings appear high!!! Bit late then don’t you think!!!!!!

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dawnperiscope Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 8:47pm

Surely the foam is no longer in use .. is it??

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linda.fisher Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 10:13pm

Upon reading and understanding more about this it appears that fluorine free has been used since 2010? It is the contaminated soil that is the problem. So, more questions arise. This has been an issue for a long time - how come the public are just hearing about the consequences of this expansion? It was not discussed in any public consultation.

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lampy Monday, 2 Sep 2019 at 12:17pm

Unfortunately there is no easy way to treat PFAS contaminated waste. i believe the only good method is oxidation degradation by high heat. Eg incineration. There is a good podcast about PFAS on shirtloads of science hosted by Dr Karl.

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linda.fisher Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 3:52pm

Thanks - I listened to the Dr Karl interview. So I ask the Council why can’t this soil be cleaned and contained onsite rather than dumping it in the ocean every time it rains? We need some facts and figures released. Just wanted to let you know that I have forwarded Dr Karl’s interview on more local Facebook sites so we can all gain a better understanding with what we are faced with here! Thank you again....

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Magilla Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 10:28am

Total council bullshit. Can somebody who may be able to write it up nicely, start a change petition?

......and quickly!

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Sir Abacus Bent Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 11:49am

What fool would trust the assurances and press releases from the Sunshine Coast Council?

What credibility has the council whose mayor, Mark Jamieson, famously declared that community groups are “ illegitimate? (Yes, including the SC Environmental Council. Coast Care et al)

Where is the SC council’s credibility when not one councillor had the courage to stand up for our community groups when they were under attack from the mayor?

Where is the accountability in a council that refuses to consult but is ever so quick to condemn?
We have seen enough to know that the interests of our community are NOT the interests of the council.
We cannot put the future of our oceans in their hands.

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morg Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 2:26pm

We’ve got a drought in NSW and mining companies are freighting water by rail to enable their effected mines to maintain operations. Could they use the contaminated water safely?

Perhaps the government or Councils could subsidise the cost of freighting the contaminated water to make it more appealing for the mining companies. This could keep it out of our food chain and eliminate the problem.

If on the other hand its found to be too toxic to do this, then how are they actually determining it’s safe to pump into the ocean? Diluting a problem, isn’t removing it. It’s just repackaging so it becomes someone else’s problem(s) long after the current stakeholders have washed their hands of it.

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jayet-010 Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 3:16pm

That's actually not a bad idea morg. 'course it depends on distances and cartage costs but these would be offset by the costs of treatment or disposal.

If it's suitable for discharge for the marine environment it'll def be ok for industrial use and disposal via tailings dams.

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velocityjohnno Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 4:12pm

Speaking of excellent independent background monitoring, here's a Sunshine Coast-based gem:

There's a lot in here (and a lot to understand - eg the difference in process to measure air, food, water for radiation. Eg possible causes for high UV and planetary thermal imbalances.)

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JosephStalin Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 5:36pm

I worked on this site for quite awhile and you can see my house in the pic just in from Kong's island.

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truebluebasher Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 11:40pm

Palisade Investment Partners Sunshine Coast Council
(Description) Palisade links Light Rail from Airports to Uni-[+] $[P]
Govt & Council are thorough at eliminating rival Transit & [P] to deliver (Goldmines)

Palisade director is Former Oz #1 Acting PM Mark Vaile (nets $181m Fed con' loan)
Qld treasury arm also has financing arrangements.

Palisade partners with LGIA (Qld Local Govt super) SC Council stands to profit.
LGIA Board...Hey! That bloke looks a lot like the Mayor?

If Palisades feed the Mayor/Council then the Future Town Plan is a conflict of interest.
Palisades Lightrail to University + Hospital + [P] = $ Mayor/Council
Palisades Lightrail to Airport [P] = $ Mayor/Council
Palisades Heavy rail 'Private Last Leg' (see: Bne Airport) = $ Mayor/Council
Palisades Airport Shuttle = $ Mayor/Council

Timeshare Trolley lags 30mins on Coast trip to wheel in Age Care internment.
1km wide x 10 fold development gravy train up zones LGIA super = $ Mayor/Council

Palisade 'Airport-Uni-[+]-[P]-Transit' deals are a massive conflict to whole council?

Commercial in confidence, closed door meetings, stall bans, no complaint register!
Nope! They don't accept online petitions either...Nor do they reply to mail anymore.

Goldie whiteshoes 'd struggle wading thru Sunny Coast sea of sharks. Good Luck!

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Ape Anonymous Monday, 2 Sep 2019 at 10:03am

Environmental contamination: gee, why are cancer rates so high?

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Sprout Monday, 2 Sep 2019 at 4:56pm petition:
(Can we get the link added up top?)
Article in Sunny Coast Daily today too, so they know people aren't happy.

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Yaroomba Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 8:29am

Adding this comment down here for visibility:
I'm an enviro scientist and live in Yaroomba (couple of KMs from the proposed outfall). If someone knows how to set up crowd funding to pay for lab costs, I will do the testing. Propose 5 sampling points: 1 @ 500m south, 1 @ 100m south, 1 @ outfall, 1 @ 100m north, 1 @ 500m north. All sample points in the recreation zone (<50m offshore).
I volunteer to do the work (would be nice for others to volunteer to help) if someone can volunteer to setup crowdfunding. I've contacted the lab for a quote for each test so we know how much we are chasing.

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Sprout Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 9:08am

FIGURES released by Sunshine Coast Council show it will spend $2.5 million to pump half a gram of PFAS to sea in 125 million litres of water now ponded on the runway construction site.

"The ocean release proposed is completely safe for the environment. It is safe for fish and other sea life. It is safe for humans," a council representative said. "The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan allows for up to 87.5 grams in 125 megalitres of water discharged to the ocean. If treatment of any water is found to be necessary, the water will pass through a four-stage treatment process involving a sand filter, a zeolite filter, a granulated activated carbon filter and finally an ionised resin filter."

Meanwhile the Queensland Government's environmental regulator says it will not intervene if PFAS concentrations in water remain below those stipulated under the National Environment Management Plan benchmark as safe for recreational activity.

Representatives from Maroochy North Shore board rider and surf clubs, environmental groups and the Surfrider Foundation will meet this Wednesday night to share their concerns. Surfrider Foundation president Stephen James the intent was to make a joint approach to the council for full detail of what is proposed.

A Department of Environment and Science representative said the council had produced a fact sheet saying it would release water whose PFAS concentration was 200 times below the level still considered safe for recreation.

"In terms of monitoring, the allowable level of PFAS contamination is 0.7 ug/L and this will be the trigger value for any intervention by the department," the representative said. "Levels below this figure will not be a cause for concern." "Overall, the risk to humans and animals from PFAS contaminated-water being released in this instance is 'minimal' - meaning very small and insignificant."
"In the case of human exposure, the concentration of PFAS in contaminated water from the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion project site is below 0.7ug/L. This is below nationally agreed primary contact recreation guidelines. "The figure 0.7 ug/l (micrograms per litre) equates to 0.0007 milligrams of contamination per litre of water."

"The Sunshine Coast Regional Council will be monitoring this as part of its biota monitoring to comply with the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan."

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 10:13pm

tbb salutes Sprout & crew good job...

Sprout please check on recent (Official) changes to PHAS in recreational water levels
tbb believes the report went to minister in March...(Officially adopted by April 2019)

National Health & Medical Research Council.
PHAS recreation levels are sure to double check...
2017-(0.7 ug/L) or .7 micrograms per litre
2019-(2.0 ug/L) or 2 micrograms per litre

Australian Govt Department of Health

*Goldie crew are sending up some background sets ...Get on them Sunnyboyz!

Gold Coast (Airport / Creek PFAS outfall) Measures & Signage {Archives}

2016 Surfrider Foundation raised concerns of PFAS.

2016 Desal Plant detected PFAS at Ocean intake 1km offshore (2km Nth of PFAS Ck)

2017 News Reports on Airport PFAS & Coolangatta Creek Shutdown.

Groundwater contamination fear spreads..

Airport PFAS could have spread 20km's...

2017 GC Airport internal Report

2018 Federal Inquiry

2019 State Environment report

2019 News


NSW Wetlands Report (Airport is on Border!)

Note: Coolangatta Creek flows into the GC WSR
Aug 6th 2018 GCB / Swellnet Andy McKinnon said water quality was 'WSR criteria'

Goldie crew links hands with Sunnyboyz - Line in the sand..............

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 12:07am

Straight hander did well, thanx for double checking (Levels up > 2.0 ug/l) Spot on!
tbb apologizes for such a huge reading error...(immediately corrected it was!)
tbb never made sense of what he wrote as he raced for [+] bus/train/tram combo.
Diagnosed with Central Serous Retinopathy...(Wobbly psychedelic vision) # 2nd time!
In tbb's defence the PFAS readings look a bit like this ...[ #%@! ]

Why would the Govt revise down PFAS when Oz levels keep rising.

Although the massive increase - times with massive Sunny Coast PFAS washout.
Sunny Coast Airport PFAS is likely to exceed Gold Coast Airport creek flush levels.
Note: GC Desalination Plant in-pipe recorded PFAS 'slightly' under .7ug/l

SC Council profit from PFAS exercise & therefore must not involve in such evil doings!

World Heath Guidelines Level 0.5 ug/l applies to Lakes & Rivers that flow to Dams.
Explains why Council can't flush high level PFAS into Maroochy 'World' Wetlands.
Feds rudely up the level for the beach flush (Ocean is not on WHO radar)...See below!

(Important) The above readings do not apply to Oz "Drinking water" levels.
tbb mentioned above that Oz PFAS drinking water was 78 x higher than world levels.
April 2017(update)Oz 'lowered' PFAS in drinking water from 0.5 mg/l > 0.07 mg/l
This finally brings Oz into line with US standards only on drinking water.

Recap! Oz doesn't see PFAS as a threat in non protected habitat.
Basically Govt wish to flow higher doses of PFAS away from Dams / Migratory Birds.
Mid October Sunshine Coast offensive Ocean release is during Whale Calf Migration
Oct- Nov is when Mothers & Calves return hugging a closer inshore protective route.
Sunshine Coast Council hosing PFAS over Whale Calves would breach IWC charter.
Doubt if WHO would allow a PFAS overdose hit on Whale calves either.

Great that Govt care about wetland migration but not at the cost of Marine migration.
Mudjimba Island reserve is equally part of Maroochy Wetland reserve in every way!
That includes Whales,Birds ,Frogs & all creatures great & small. (Well doesn't it?)
PFAS levels must apply equally from Island to tidal drains for each World habitat.

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jayet-010 Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 5:01pm

I understand the previous NHMRC recreational guideline value is based on 10x the drinking water guideline (a common practice for setting recreational values) based upon exposure (ingesting 200ml of 0.07ug/L PFOS) 365 days/year.

The new recreational guideline is based on exposure 150 days/year.

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jayet-010 Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 5:19pm

Either way the lower 95% protection level for marine ecosystems NEMP value should apply. Unless they've argued the 90% level applies or allowed a mixing zone (area of lower ecological protection)?

Not sure anyone has done toxicological studies of PFAS on whales but you would think being more motile their exposure risks would be lower.

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jayet-010 Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 9:55pm

Stu, your article states PFAS is a carcinogen but I didn't think that had been established yet?$File/health-effects-exposure-factsheet.pdf

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truebluebasher Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 1:10am

Australian literature is at odds with world standards. It even picks apart world studies.
Think climate change deniers! Only oz is at one on no harm policy due to Defence!

Here's the basic horrid way in which PFAS is 'proven' to destroy many healthy bodies.
[WARNING] The described example is purely medical & may come as a shock...OK!
Example: Pregnant Woman drinking PFAS laced Tap water.

Mother to be drinks PFAS tap water...Her liver & Kidneys try to filter the poison. Her body requires her to drink more water than normal just to flush the PFAS. Being pregnant she requires a massive amount more PFAS water for her newborn as well. Her body is now hooked on a vicious cycle of more PFAS to filter more PFAS. (Like an addict)
Her liver & kidneys are now ballooning as her body needs to retain water to flush the toxin. They call this Pre-eclampsia (Toxemia) & women exposed to PFAS suffer most.
Symptoms include high blood pressure, fatigue, blurred vision, dizziness, headache, excessive nausea, weight gain, swelling at extremities, abdominal pain, little to no urine output, breast milk & change in reflexes.
This leads to birthing issues like low blood flow, blood clotting, fluid on the lungs & seizures. All resulting her PFAS baby being born under nourished, underweight & likely with diabetes.
In her hour of need the mother's body is exhausted with little liquid to spare for milk.
Mother & baby are in survival mode needing emergency care. (As serious as it gets!)
You may notice Pregnant Women are being banned from many activities. Usually Smoke, Alcohol, marinelife encounters due to Shark Shields. Pools & larger Wave Lagoons are off limits for Mothers to be & infants > 5years old. Mostly as the new larger Lagoons may draw upon PFAS run off water then to be filtered. Meaning! At very least Council should noticeboard that PFAS runout can harm mothers to be.

How much of the population would be affected.(If PFAS is in drinking /ground water) Roughly 2% are at risk or (200 / 10,000 = Airport surrounds population) Possible that flooded overflow PFAS may already exist in Groundwater/Veggie Gardens. Let's face it, those drains look pretty dodgy.

Crew are wise enough to know all creatures would suffer similar fate & offspring.

Don't be alarmed as Govt' informs us, this can only happen in the scary outside world. As we all know Oz Mums are tough enough to fight off a bad batch of PFAS. We pray!

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jayet-010 Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 8:30am

Thanks TBB. That was a lucid and informative response. Are you also to able to provide a reference for me to cross-check?

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truebluebasher Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 1:46pm

Jayet-010 asks all the right questions...tbb can steer you there but the roads bumpy!

[Disclaimer] tbb was specifically searching for effects on Pregnancy & newborns. Note: Saltwater & any toxin acts the same & Doctors advise to drink more water in all cases. However Oz Doctors are last to know if the drinking water is contaminated. Mum's PFAS levels decrease dramatically after birth. Assumes baby then has PFAS %.

(Web Research) US / Sweden confirm links but Oz / Norway refute links. So! Search for what truth you want?

References are several but this study has chapters on population comparisons. Lab focus + boosted by big picture geographics.(re: US states Studies can be found in similar nature with USA PFAS maps) Rightly or wrongly this is only place tbb could source-across the board 2% stats. (Tip) US sites maybe likely to back up the stats.

Being a file, it may not load so tbb is including (WHO) title

[ the case of water contamination in the Veneto Region, Italy ] (Page 33 - Box 7)

Australian reports linking PFAS to pre-eclampsia are rare or blocked or disputed. The OZ Govt files demonising o/s PFAS health reports is staggering. PFAS only harms aliens ....PFAS wouldn't harm Aussie Mums & babies. (Norway is eerily similar) Twin resource nations must share PFAS stockpiles & harbour some fucked -up PFAS real estate angst.

This rare Oz bird straight up wins a medal marketing OZ defence & PFAS impacts.

Check Maroochy River water quality comparison site is here...

Maroochy Waterwatch welcomes volunteers re: water testing / samples.

tbb will get back on recent examples of GC Contaminated Waterway/s closures.
Regards to Noticing + Event + Closure time + Causes (Qldurrz Censored Archive)

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Remigogo Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 8:13am

Between PFAS and fracking the underground water will be alright for year's.

No worries, she's all good.

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monkeyboy Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 8:42am

Growth at any cost.

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jayet-010 Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 8:52am

More like growth at lowest (financial) cost.

If we want better environmental protection we need to:

1. Understand the risk (science)
2. Make better decisions (voting)
3. Pay for better treatment, controls etc. (money)

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Sir Abacus Bent Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 5:26pm

1. The science is in its infancy so we need to adhere to the precautionary principle .
2. Voting? Yes a democratic pipeline to pump the unrepresentative swill into yesteryear.
3. We can pay for what must be done by adding a levy on those businesses who told us Sekisui and a BIG AP would bring rivers of gold.
See, even scientific and economic rationalism are on our side.

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Sprout Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 2:09pm

You're on fire TBB, love your work.
THE weight of numbers has forced postponement of a meeting of the Marcoola Community Group planned for this evening... President Susie Chapman said the meeting had been planned as an information night for its members at Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club... She had secured runway project director Ross Ullman and officers from the Department of Environment and Science to address the gathering... with numbers anticipated to attend quickly outstripping the venue's capacity.
Ms Chapman said the group was now working with Sunshine Coast Council to secure a suitable location with capacity to hold the large numbers it was expected would attend. She said the council had agreed to accept responsibility for public liability insurance for the meeting. More details will be released when a venue was determined.

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Craig Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 11:20am

This is good news!

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truebluebasher Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 at 9:44pm

Wow! Great work Sunny Coast...Goldie / Tweed crews are with yer all the way!

Salute to past local beach protest crews that led the way...Legends!
1900-Plague Protests fought for humanity across border beaches.
1910-Pollution Protests brought about a better way.
1920-Protests for Salt Air Farming against chem Tick Dips
1930-Protests over draining Beach Town Lagoons.
1940-Protesters first blocked Sand Mining Bulldozers
1950-Women stand against theft of Town Parks & enough with the Mega Quarries
1960-Awareness of DDT runoff to waterways + Mercury in Water.
1970-(United Oz Era) against Uranium Mining + Anti Nukes + Free Whales
1980-Rid CFC + Ozone Hole + Radioactive Sand + Save old growth forests
1990-Unearthing Asbestos Dumps alongside Acid Sulphate fish Kills...& still?
2000-Dredging + Reef destruction + Save Southern Points,Surf Breaks,Bommies
2010-Seachange overcrowding + Water scams + WSR/Sharks off the hook? + PFAS
Big shout out also to AndyM for standing ground on {GC WSR} [ not 4 sale ]
Now Sunny Coast beachgoers get up off the canvas for 1st round PFAS Knock out!
Humpback is set free from GC nets...(That's the Trifecta)...Win! Win! Win!
2010-Whales in Town + Private Beach Licencing + Locals Lockout.(We're still here!)

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JosephStalin Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 9:01am

The initial campaign to stop the airport expansion failed.
The immediate surrounds of the airport are wetlands that drain into the maroochy river then to the ocean, these chems would already be in that environment.
Only very extreme measures (if any) could stop this dumping from happening.
Negative me - yeah probably - but the "experts/powers that be" have their figures and won't be swayed by a public meeting at a surf club.

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damo-b Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 5:32pm

Always knew this airport extension was going to be trouble.

There's a few petitions floating around on facey in regards to the aforementioned. If a million signed it, I don't know if anything would change. I'd have to begin with an in-depth research assignment on petitions over the postmodern period and their effectiveness.

It's true, we're captained by that strange cat in a panama hat, and he's selling the coast out. Trouble is, with the balance of constituents tipping in support of the pro-development sentiment, the politicians running the divide and conquer program are lauding it. The older generation of working class locals are ascending to upper-middle due to their ocean-view family homes now worth a motser. There's little sympathy for well-off toes-in-the-sand types resisting new overhead flight paths, et cetera.

And like the Yaroomba anti-resort crew, scores of smaller Sunny Coast anti this and anti that folk don't get a look in because their voice is barely a whisper against mighty winds from the south. I reckon community groups need to combine to take a well researched, infallible, structured argument backed by solid evidence to council and government; it's true that the cause is going to take some cash.

It'd be helpful if some professionals - scientists, lawyers, admins, researchers, writers, photographers and-the-like supported a transparency push with a view to designing an advocacy project resulting in drafting new legislation on crimes against the environment and her bona-fide inhabitants - flora, fauna, land, sea, us.

Then I guess there's 'If you don't love it, leave it.' I'll hang in for a while longer, but when the cane fields, grazing land and bush around here makes way for more colourbond and brick veneer, I'm off. Where the hell do you go, though? Anywhere within striking range of a surf break is gentrified.

Time to take a stand. Or can bliss truly be found in ignorance?

Damo Bereziat

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jayet-010 Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 11:49am

Good comment

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jayet-010 Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 12:07pm

It annoys me when hysterical claims are made or conspiracy theories thrown about because it drowns out the real issues of concern.

If there is an issue here, and it sounds like there is, than gather and present the facts in a rationale manner. Sir Abacus was on the right path ... how did they get the flood modelling so wrong? And ... I haven't seen the PFAS assessment in the EIA docs. I may have missed it but it shouldn't be hard to find if they're open and accountable. This should list the different disposal/treatment options they looked at and the cost of each.

There's two questions I'd be asking at the forum.

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Sprout Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 5:21pm

Very well put. Unfortunately Stockland owns the Sunshine Coast now.

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damo-b Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 5:57pm

It's a fact that Stockies is propping the economy either directly or indirectly via its subsidiaries, contractors or sub-contractors. I argue that their dollar-store style of development is absolute shithouse, a blight on the environment, and a sad reflection on the state of consumer fear driven, debt fuelled, late capitalism.

I also am a firm believer that if you want to write something off, you could at least try to offer an alternative or solution to the issue/problem. The cat in the panama hat said himself "come forth with an intelligent argument and i'll have a good look at it." Half a dozen wealthy septuagenarians waving a half-arsed cardboard protest banner on the local news ain't gonna do jack.

I'd add that the residents of Finland Rd - the access to and from the John Holland runway site - have another take on what can only be described as a farce. How a tier one construction company could overlook the most basic of construction site fundamentals is beyond comprehension.

Trucks can't safely make the sharp turn on or off the main drag with stop-gap stop-go measures now in place. 20 mill for traffic lights and a haul-out road between the golf course and me mate's place strategy shit-canned by the Finland Rd collective. So it should be.

No one wanted the extra runway. And only a few grubby capitalist contractors stand to get rich off the project. This debacle may come close to bankrupting the ratepayer funded council coffers. It's going to be QCs at ten paces (Holland v. Council) over who's paying for this monumental fuck-up.

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JosephStalin Saturday, 7 Sep 2019 at 8:00am

She does get good, the right conditions are few and far between and any wiff she gonna be half decent every man and his pfas are on it these days.
Still a magic place I like to visit regularly even just for a paddle round then back to the beach.

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truebluebasher Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 4:47pm

Wave Pool Life Guard 007 hooked up with Sunny Coast femline spy at Spot X.
Aston Martin goatboat infiltrated the Sth chamber-escaped via Dr No's Nth side Slab.

Bond Classic or Kong matter, it's bigger than Qld & stronger than XXXX.

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Sprout Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 5:22pm

A PUBLIC meeting hosted by six Six Sunshine Coast community organisations will host a meeting next week about the proposed discharge of ponded water at Sunshine Coast Airport into the ocean at Marcoola from mid October.
The meeting to be held at Maroochydore RSL on September 10 from 6.30pm will include presentations by Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project director Ross Ullman and Andrew Connor the executive director of compliance at the Department of Environment and Science.
The Marcoola Community Group, Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast, Mudjimba Boardriders, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Coolum and North Shore Coast Care and Organisation of Sunshine Coast Association of Residents (OSCAR) will co-host the event.
A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher will also deliver the results of a mudcrab and fish study done as part of the annual Healthy Land and Water Report Card.
Those attending will get the opportunity to ask questions of the panel of presenters.

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damo-b Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 6:01pm


That'll be an interesting meeting. I'll be there with bells on.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 7 Sep 2019 at 1:16am

tbb spawned a Uni maths mad Son & Accountant Daughter so will do his homework!
Not saying this is correct & it's really dumbed down but it lays out the Maths.

Pipe Outfall is 400m out from lowest Tide-line @ 12m-14m depth > 16m centrepoint
Project measures out PFAS tidal dispersal range of 4kms coastline x 2kms out to sea.
Total PFAS Ocean Volume is 128,000 ML...(tbb is not saying in equal penetration?)

PFAS Pipeline pumps out 8ML day (tbb is not saying on which swell or tide?)
The PFAS measure is 1 part in 16,000 ML
tbb will have to get back on stored site raw ug/L readings...
Basherz in over his head ...Gonna need a math's whizz....

Council says 200 x below allowable level (implies dispersed reading 0.02ug/L)

2019 Recreational levels were raised 0.7ug/L > 2.0ug/L or 2 micrograms per litre/Day
tbb earlier mentioned that timely rise dovetails this project...seemingly so!

Now just hold on! tbb clearly approximated Bathymetry by bodybasher standards.
Assuming that centre depth holds sway...all things being equal about!

Govt Project will not work in moderate surf height nor ocean fall Night Hours (Safety)
Realistically project will only pump on set hours of one favoured daylight tide.
Waves will direct the PFAS chemical towards a targeted beach, it can't be helped.

Daily 'safe' dose is now double dosed thru single tide 'swim hours' release.
If surf is up for 4 days then an illegal Double Dose is now a Quadrupled Dose.
The wave net Quarters the PFAS as is a Wave Rose so again Quadruples the Dose.

Depending on Winds of Change! Here's a plausible & likely Ocean outfall scenario.
Single tide Release held up by a moderate week long Southerly swell (Normal!)
That alone can concentrate PFAS dumps up to 10 x the projects base level ug/L.
As there are set dumps days...Ask! It certainly messes with guidelines.

Note! This is not a Floodlit's the Pacific Ocean...Requires o/n Police & LG's etc.

Plan B options ( Yes! tbb will cop flack for providing these, but this is serious.)
*SC Council can comply with 24 hr Oceanfall Workers (Not recommended for PFAS!)
*SC Council need to at least double the time frame to release PFAS !
*SC Council need to tell Govt not to bully them on dangerous fast track releases.
*SC Council could apply to monitor effects for much needed science & town pride.
Very few Communities put their hand up for PFAS tests...Science will applaud!
Sunshine Coast go from Zeros to Heroes in world's eyes for caring (#1 Eco Watch)

tbb has done his best to avail what scenarios will play out but is no Math's Whiz!
More than happy if a Sunny Coast dolphin eats tbb's homework!
To compensate... tbb did lay out a couple of Plan B's...Good Luck!

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jayet-010 Friday, 6 Sep 2019 at 11:39pm

I think you're getting concentration confused with loading. Restricting pumping hours will mean either pumping rates or duration will increase, not concentration.

Anyway concentration is only part of the story. Total load is what will effect long term ecosystem health and whether it gets there via pumping or groundwater it will still make its way to the marine environment. The only real solution is destruction via heat treatment and you have to ask yourself does the risk justify the cost.

Do you have a copy of the PFAS Management Plan? Can you post a link?

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 7 Sep 2019 at 8:36pm

If this is depressing any Sunny Coast locals, be thankful as it could be worse:

As someone said, tritium's a bitch.

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 7 Sep 2019 at 8:46pm

Also let's hear it for Atrazine and certain forestry practises on certain islands :)

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JosephStalin Sunday, 8 Sep 2019 at 6:19am

On the news last night councillor Jason Opray was assuring concerned locals it's all good nuffin to worry about, so much so he was practically bathing in a pipeline outlet taking big mouthfuls of the goodness.

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truebluebasher Sunday, 8 Sep 2019 at 8:25am

Qld [Emergency]
Wanted! Top Quality fire fighting water laced with PFAS to fight biggest ever fire.
Urgent! (Need 125 ML / 20 days ) phone 000 for details....
(Will pay top dollar + free pick up)

Message from Acting Premier Jackie:
"Qld is doomed ...No Qldurr has that much PFAS water just lying around their yard!"

Jackie wakes SC Mayor to truck Firefighters & Tankers of PFAS South & don't stop!
Directions: Go straight past the Big Smoke & follow the towering infernos...hurry!
Just skip yer fuckin town meeting & give them all the PFAS water you got! Now...good!

This time next week Jackie & SC Mayor get captain's call knighthoods...Just do it!

Qldurr Kid : "Mummy! My apple tastes really bitter!"
Mum : "Quit whining! You got a free glow worm for show & tell."

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truebluebasher Sunday, 8 Sep 2019 at 3:32pm

FAQ&A (Factsheet)


SCC : Releasing water to the ocean is the safest most efficient method...
Ocean outfall minimises uncontrolled releases & bio accumulation.
Dr Turner (nc'Uni) No knowledge of Ocean PFAS discharge solution anywhere in Oz.
Gold Coast Desal Plant 2x filtered GCA PFAS outfall thru the SEQ water network.
SC Airport Pipes 125ML to offshore Tanker by arvo it's pumped into GC desal Pipe.
GC desal filters 133ML PFAS within 24hrs it flows out of SC taps (Cheers!)
SCC/GC/Govt come together & get off their arses then there's yer solution.Win! Win!
Ask! What point in having a desal plant down the road if it can't sort this? (Brainz!)

Simple procedure is a reverse of recent Airport dredging operation...only much easier!
Inpex $37b LNG processing Plant 'Enhanced Evaporation' of PFAS @ Darwin Harbour
PFAS was steamed to transport lighter loads.
Company claims it was within guidelines but were fined $12,600. (ongoing issue!)

Bio Accumulation
It must be contained onsite! Once it leaves the site the whole SEQ is contaminated.
re: Water example...a little bit of GC Airport PFAS Water in all of us!

GCA Coolangatta Creek PFAS escaped into WSR.
Bio accumulation sites Creek Mouth,Kirra Lake,Desal infeed,Beach Flags,Bommie etc.
SC Oceanside has nearer & busier Beach Flags,Ck Mouth,reefs,Island (Reserves)
Once PFAS enters open ecosystem you have NO control of release whatsoever.

SCC : "Water is released gradually to sea for fastest way to secure project timeline.
Once $2.5m pipes go, further stormwater releases will flow into local drains to sea."

Tides,waves,weather & nightfall control release-speed & amounts not Flight Times.
Recent foams were unknowingly as bad as that just goes out thru-drains?

*Volume of Water (Measured by Qldurr Standards)
SCC spends $2.5m to dump 125ML of water in 20 days in middle of Qld drought ?
That's just one wasteful Sunny Coast business' dumps = 6.5ML of water / day
(Whole of City of Stanthorpe survives on one fifth of that = 1.2ML/day)
125ML of bathing quality water lasts Stanthorpe 100 days & saves SCC $2.5m

*Water Quality -Nation Environmental Management Plan (fellow Qldurr levels).
SCC : 'Pipeline water release' is fine for Showering & Bathing...@ 200x under NEMP
[ VOTE ]
(1)SC selfishly dumps precious water & wears the worst ever City waste tag forever.
(2)SC saves Stanthorpe with water for bathing & fighting fires.(Wins best city award)
Clue: Stanthorpe have no clear water nor sun, so not real fussy with a frothy brew.

Anyhow! Plenty of solutions for Sunny Coast PFAS (Oceanfall was never an option!)
Book a day spa @ GC Desal for PFAS Detox... it won't hurt!

GC Desal Plant stood up tbb's family & owes us a free trial...
Saved it for a special occasion...all yours Sunny Coast...yeah! yeah! your welcome!
Got Sunny Coast Mayor a booking for Sat 19th/Oct 2019. (Just say yes!) No-Joke!

Goldie basherz are obligated to package a free surf safari for SC Mayor's entourage...

Surf World guided tour is for swellnet crew...check with AndyM (sorry mate)

Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame (Mostly a Surf thang)

Inside the TOS Seaway Pumphouse (turn it up that for real?)

Southport Bathing Pavillion (Ye olde Guided Tour)

Sunday treat...Everybody Happy!

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morg Tuesday, 10 Sep 2019 at 2:14pm

After I read this article and a bit of research, I decided that pumping this stuff out into the ocean and diluting the problem isn't right, and that something needs to be done to stop it. So then it was game on.

To my (pleasant) surprise, last Friday I got a phone call from Ewan Bell, at Queensland's Department of Environment and Science. He was very informative and keen to discuss PFAS and the situation on the Sunny Coast etc. I still have an issue with pumping contaminated liquids into the ocean however in this particular instance the contamination level is lower than the acceptable level for drinking water, so its ok (yes that is up for debate, however the reality is that the stuff your drinking could have a higher level of PFAS than what is to be pumped into the ocean). PFAS is a growing problem, and it won't be ok to just pump or dump it from other areas that have higher concentrations levels.

If your interested or concerned, google him and give him a call.

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JosephStalin Tuesday, 10 Sep 2019 at 4:35pm

The deadly fires evacuating whole communities destroying homes 10kms north could use some of this immediately, it'd be a win win situation or maybe a lose lose depending on who you talk to of course.

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Feralkook Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 7:47pm

Not really, PFAS was not made for bushfires it's other name is Aqueous Free Forming Foam,designed suppress and extinguish fuel fires. It forms a film over the top of the burning liquid smothering the fire and preventing secondary ignition, it was really effective at that. Not much chop for a bushfire.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 10 Sep 2019 at 5:27pm

Good work morg...tbb likewise made some calls.
Coolum & North Shore Coast Care re : swellnet salutes 'Leigh'

Maroochy Waterwatch re: swellnet salutes 'Chelsea'

All dislike ocean dump failure & are aware of PFAS water value in Fires & drought.
All were interested in GC desal filtering past PFAS outbreaks...just ship it to Goldie!

Qldurrz are aware that a Whale caught in nets now gets beamed live as World News.
Gold Coast rightly wears the shame from world media.

Qld Govt is also copping a blast for High Court defence of non release drum lines.
Decision pending.

Today we discussed S'Coast Whales,Dolphins,Turtles being trapped in lines or hooks.
Sunny Coast hoses PFAS over trapped dying creatures...(Is it dead yet...just kick it!)
Most horrid crime would be beamed worldwide & Sunny Coast goes straight to hell.

How could Dept of Environment score that A+ (We Qldurrz are all monsters now!)

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Sir Abacus Bent Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 12:55pm

Sir Abacus Reviews last night’s PFAS meeting at Maroochy RSL.

In a nutshell.

ManAirport introduces a fake news report from Northern Territory, ‘ Dead turtles in fish nets are not dying from PFAS” he says with imagined profundity. “Wow, ” the crowd murmurs, catching the insult between the eyes. It proves to be the harbinger of a long and fruitless night.

For 2 1/2 hours pro- dump presenters bounce between it’s poison and it’s not poison and we never do find out why such remarkably clean water needs to be dispersed in our ocean.

There is a chart showing PFAS research on the rise, implying settled science, obliterating the precautionary principle? A horseshit argument that any first year science student could refute.

At one stage, Airport man slips into Liberal Jobsen Growth dot points, “Irrelevant!” shout the many. Just bloody weird.

We’ve it rock bottom.

But no, Man from Qld Dept of Environment and Adani expounding on the dearth of biota where the poison- not- poison is to be dumped. In perfect allegiance to rabid neo-liberalism and bad science he assumes the children who surf there are not significant biota. Eye rolls spread across the room. No words, no pictures for the blind.

Now we’ve hit rock bottom!

Finally, enlightenment! Councillor Who Drinks PFAS takes the stage. He tells us he drank it to no ill effect but then can’t remember why he and other Crs voted for this behind closes doors just a few days ago. Does PFAS ingestion result in the plummeting of one’s IQ to that of a fence post or do we have the chicken before the egg? We definitely have an egg.

My mind screams, “Enough!”

I try to sneak out the door, the last words I hear are from Cr PFAS , and I kid you not, he said this, “ The water is 200 times cleaner than drinking water.” Perhaps, it was the PFAS speaking.

Democracy, community and the earth died a little bit more last night.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 2:15pm

Wave of the Day ~~~~^~~~/(`~~~/(C...[ Sir AB )
Never has no one ever surfed a town meeting with such reserved civility...The Horror!
Sir Abacus Bent relays the Town's clean bill of health to The Mayor of Mt Olympus.

Sunny Coast can just as easy re-brand fire fighting foam as a summer thirst quencher.

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Jnrjep Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 5:16pm

Hey Vic local more vico transplants live on sunny coast than qld born locals especially Nossa

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JosephStalin Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 11:09am

She's just still sooking about the federal election

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sophie.kate Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 8:33pm

Hey All,
For everyone concerned about the PFAS dump, please show your support by following this FB page I've started. We need groundswell action to show council that we're not happy with their decision. It's the only way it's going to get it stopped and for them to consider alternatives more thoroughly.
Thanks heaps in advance,

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Underthesea Thursday, 31 Oct 2019 at 12:05pm

The council has now applied for approval for the pipeline formally to Dep State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. Public consultation is not required. The applications are not online so you’ll need to contact the department directly for the application material.

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Feralkook Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 7:58pm

Has a "vote of no confidence in SC Council" been considered. Even very public calls on social media, posting on SCC social media pages calling them out. Can sway a lot of people in the right direction.

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truebluebasher Sunday, 15 Sep 2019 at 11:35pm

Stoked to welcome & work alongside our swellnet sisters, great dedication by all.
Never read better comments! No matter what outcome, be proud we did our best.
Nothing short of a great leap forward for #1 swellnet crew. Legends! Take a bow!
Crew are here to back Sunny Coast 100%...just say the word!

Party Wave of the Day ~~~~^~~~/(`~~~/(C`...[ crew )
* @ tbb war cry to old school Sunny Coast Punks on yer Wavepool site
Need yer help with Australian History of tristan.clark.. 0402306569
Thanx crew...keep up the fight...

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Remigogo Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 10:29pm

Millions of dollars wasted by government each day.

Budget reductions on common cents.

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oceans11 Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 10:28am

Dumping PFAS into the ocean is unacceptable and a contradiction to SCCC jumping on board the environmental /global warming band wagon, offering lip service depending on their agenda.
This initial pumping program is only the start, as the construction of the $2.5 mil.pipeline into the ocean would not be for a short term pump, but ongoing pumping as required.
As a side note to this:- I have fished the reefs from Coolum to Noosa extensively over the past 20 years and all 3 times I fished a small reef 300-400m directly offshore from the Castaways Beach sewerage treatment plant ( Burgess Creek) that discharges treated, chemical smelling water across the beach and into the sea.Each fishing trip, to this reef, I have caught resident reef fish with large ulcers (sizes of 50 cent coin) over their bodies.I have not experienced this nor seen fish in this state of health on any other reefs on the Sunshine Coast.

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Terminal Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019 at 7:31am

Interesting with the fish ulcers at castaways. I once read an article online, can't find it now, that was reporting research conducted on the presence of either fish ulcers or tumors (can't remember which ) in the Maroochy river and I think it had some thing to do with the treatment plant upstream there. Memory is fuzzy here.

Does anyone else on the Sunny Coast ever occasionally smell that strong chemical odor in the water irrespective of location. I've smelt it from basically Wurtulla to Noosa, it's very intermittent but ongoing for > 15 yrs. I could best describe it as a very strong industrial chemical odor, I've never smelt it any where else on the east coast of Aus.

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thermalben Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019 at 6:49pm

“The pumping was due to begin this weekend, but the council said that had been pushed back while it waited for final approvals, and the commissioning of a water treatment plant at the site.”

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Glider Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019 at 10:47pm

I have about ten words that might stop this in its tracks ......

Mooloolaba King Prawns now at risk from PFAS poisoning - that would kill a multi multi million dollar industry. not to mention all the squid, snapper, school mackerel, spanish mackerel, turtles, tailor kingfish, herring and prawns that all accumulate in this area to spawn , feed, run to sea or run into the inlet. And the council has a plan for us to become an Eco Biosphere. Council is a huge disappointment - they cant even keep the place clean properly; will not fine people for dropping cigarette butts, but happy to fine your arse if you overstay in a carpark.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019 at 6:43pm

Qldurrz say thanx Ben...

Embarrassing that all need to remind of alternative remediation...
swellnet crew are happy to provide several SEQ approved solutions.

1) Local crew already argued to use fire water to fight local Fires

2) 125ML Class A water-$370K [FREE] Ideal for mega Wave Pool in the Coolum Area
Not a joke as Melbourne Airport & URBNSURF do exacty that!

3) Council/Airport runs similar dredge pipes out to Tanker.
Simply repeat pipework pumping reverse PFAS to average size Tanker.(Under a day)
Tanker ships the PFAS south to dock 1km offshore Gold Coast Desalination Plant.
Bne Tug joins with empty smaller module to fill with seawater diluting PFAS inflow
125ML desalination should take near on 24hrs + coupling time.
Both Sunny & Goldie have equally undertaken more challenging ocean tasks of late.

Twice in 2016 + Twice in 2018 GCA PFAS flowed thru- Tugun Desal intake.
6th Aug 2018 / SEQ Water:
"Important to stress PFAS water is tested prior to treatment thru desalination plant!"
"Plant employs reverse osmosis,known to be effective in removing PFAS from water!"
To be fair, there are always 2 sides to every story & lone voice is Discussion

Floods contaminate drinking water from SEQ dams.
Tugun plant is called upon to filter flooded seas to supply all SEQ our drinking water.
tbb is simply letting Sunny know that Gold Coast Desal is a proven logical option.

4) Luggage Point Water Purification Plant is closer & can also filter out PFAS.

5) Gibson Island Water Purification Plant is also close by & filters out PFAS

6) Bundamba up Bremer River (Smaller vessels) Water Purification Plant can filter out PFAS

Purification Plants feed into WCRWS Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme to Wivenhoe Dam.

Council/Airport can afford Dredger for sand then equally so tanker for waste water
Ramsar listed Marine Park is valued higher than runway fill. (If not! Dump yer Mayor!)
tbb lists many local plants that can filter this amount of PFAS in a day.
Precious Sunny resource then flows back out our taps..
Anyone dumping this much poison or water should go to Jail (It's that Simple!)

We all now share SEQ Water ~"Official Gold Coast invitation" for Sunny to plug in!

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019 at 2:23pm

15 Oct 2019 (re: thermalben for bookend to this ABC > NEWS VIDEO)
(Interviews all parties) Excellent coverage by all...

21 Oct 2019 ...Enter one "Ms Erin Brockovich"...
*Kicks all Oz Govts up the arse over PFAS.
*Shame on you! Sunshine Coast Council.
*Sunny Coast's councillor PFAS mouth wash is a cop out!

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bipola Thursday, 31 Oct 2019 at 2:15pm

its all about the money and power. govts dont care about the environment

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Wall of text, but...
THE controversial pipeline intended to pump treated PFAS-affected water from the Sunshine Coast Airport to sea off Marcoola still hasn't been approved weeks after the project was due to start.
Sunshine Coast Council's development application was formally made on October 22 and has since been subject to series of questions because of its lack of information critical to an approval.
According to documents, the initial application was deemed to be not properly made because the correct application fee was not paid.
Questions have also been asked about a range of environmental issues including impact on nesting turtles and damage to groundwater ecosystems.
The application acknowledged the presence of what it described as "naturally high levels of dissolved metals" being aluminium and iron which would be found in varying levels in the water pumped to sea.
It stated that while PFOS levels would typically at 95 per cent species protection, those may increase where rapid release of water was required due to heavy rainfall to maintain the runway construction schedule.
In those circumstances the applications stated they would remain below the 0.7 ug/l upper limit for PFOS/PFHxS compounds and 5.6 ug/l for PFOA in line with health-based guidance values for recreational water under the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan.
A Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning spokesperson said the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) was the assessment manager for the application and technical advice would be sought from the Department of Environment and science and Maritime Safety Queensland.
"A decision is currently due by 25 November 2019," the spokesperson said.
The development application stated that water would be pumped 24/7 from the site at a rate of eight megalitres a day for two to three months.
A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said the key imperative was to remove ponded water as quickly as possible, but in an environmentally responsible manner.
"The ultimate solution is likely to involve a number of management options, with some of these already in place (ie release to the Marcoola Drain, reuse on site, treatment on site by the newly installed water treatment plant)," the spokesperson said.
"The final recommendation to council as to the most appropriate approach to the management of water on site will clearly be dependent on rainfall received in coming weeks.
"The water treatment plant was completed in mid-October and is processing about six megalitres of water a week. The treated water is being used to manage dust and for compaction.
"Council is continuing to work closely with Queensland Government agencies to obtain necessary approvals to progress the water management program."
The council estimated around 70 megalitres of ponded water remained on the runway construction site.
Consultants for the council lobbied for what was described as a "tight turnaround" of the application to reflect the importance of the ocean outlet "to provide security to construction of the SCA Expansion Project and the previous endorsement/support provided by DES". (Department of Environment and science).
The late submission was blamed on "delay in the owner's consent process".
The application has revealed that water would only be treated to 95 per cent species protection and not the default 99 per cent specified in the PFAS National Environment Management Plan.
Releases would only occur where the water had been confirmed to meet the proposed release limits.
"Once the site is dewatered, any additional water captured on site will be preferentially managed through the WTP (water treatment plant)," the application stated.
"However, where this is not reasonably practicable releases will be made through the ocean release.
"The main constraint on using the plant will be timing, i.e. where the volume of water retained in work areas of the site exceeds the capacity of the treatment plant when compared to construction scheduling requirements, releases to the ocean will be necessary."
The Department of Environment and science has made clear it wanted more information to ensure the pipeline would have no negative impact and that when there was, that they were minimised.
"Further to this and from our previous discussion it is understood that modelling was undertaken at both near and far field," correspondence to the council said.
"Please substantiate the information and results of this and provide more information, currently DES have not had visibility of this which is required to ensure that the response currently provided reflects the results of the work undertaken."
The department also complained it had only received limited information on impacts to groundwater and "the potential for impacts of altering the groundwater in the area from drilling through different lenses and pockets of variable material including the indurated sandstones which form part of the local groundwater regime".
"The area as you are aware is composed of a number of groundwater dependent ecosystems, further information on how this will be managed would be useful to demonstrate you can meet this PO," the department wrote.
"With reference to PO12 it is also worth noting that the pipeline route is located under MSES (Matters of State Environmental Significance) cat C regulated vegetation and MSES wildlife habitat (including turtle nesting areas) which requires a more detailed response."

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truebluebasher Monday, 18 Nov 2019 at 2:49pm

Crew salute Sprout, that deserves a Medal for epic update.
Thanks to Sprout we may be able to gauge the real goings on.
We need to go back to May 2019.
10th May - Flooding Rains force Site Washout Down Tools
13th May - 200 ML flooded the site
(9 weeks) - 60 ML (Govt approved discharge) via Marcoola tidal Drain!
July -Workers had returned to build Storage Tank
20th July - 22ML Tank is already storing water to enable some site works.
Total - 118 ML + Any rainwater or ruptured ground water
28th Aug - 125ML to be piped to ocean...(Site + 7ML untreated tank water)
September- Drought sets in & evaporation starts decreasing site volume.

Mid Oct- WTP is filtering the PFAS @ 6ML / week (Tank capacity = 1month)
(WTP)> Dust + works (No mention of Runway / Plane washing + Greywater)
[important] (DES / SCC agreement is for WTP release only) Sports Field Quality.
SCC says it is not an option as it is to slow to clear site before Summer Rains.

1st Nov- 70ML Remains on site + Full Tank 22ML Treated Water = 92 total
Mid Oct-1st Nov (Tally) = 6ML x 2 + Tank 22ML from 120ML = 86ML
86ML > 70ML (16ML) is the evaporated amount since last rainfall.

70ML / Summer evaporation rises from 16ML > 25ML (Lowest estimate)
Mid drought, any Qld Council will truck out 6ML treated water per week.
Council say 3 months to Pump it out? (Pump What? All be gone by then!)

No need for The Grand Poobah's Canetoad bound rubbery stamp set!
[ FALSE ALARM ] Everyone go back to bed!

Pumping for Information...(Warning! This Sucks!)

Volumes for Dewatering PFAS into SEQ water supplyline
(Note all represent average-large size OZ Tanker Loads)
*Luggage Point (Bne)Advanced Water Treatment Plant can dewater PFAS 70ML/day
*Gibbons Island (Bne) AWTP can dewater PFAS 100ML/day
*Tugun Desalination Plant can dewater PFAS 125ML/day
*Sunshine Coast Airport WTP (C class-Greywater) can dewater PFAS 0.8 ML/day

Timeline - Sunshine Coast Airport Pipeline (Pumping Volumes & Speed)
11th Aug 2018- SS River Nile begins pumping sand into Airport (1.3m/M3) or (1300ML)
23 Sept 2018 - Pumping ends -1300ML of 'Sand' over 43 days or (30ML/day)
Note; SCC stated Shipping + Pipes were far more economically viable than trucking sand.

SCC states hassles-trucking/Pumping PFAS to local WTP + Stanthorpe,Ipswich,Nerangba

2018 SCC spruiked #1 pumping option of Ship procedure via ample Bne Port facilities.
2019 SCC #1 choice + far easiest to Pump PFAS (4 days) to Ship > AWTP Portside (1 day)
5 days using their fav' approved method & problem is gone...Nope! They just wanna dump it!
SCC instead, examples far fetched schemes just to prove dumping is the only viable option.

28th Aug 2019 SSC-125ML-'Water' 24/7- 8ML/day is max theoretically possible (re: sand)
SCC goes on to say that it's likely to be considerably less. (see: Govt/WTP Agreement)
SCC previously pumped 30ML/day but DES ocean release is WTP capacity or 6ML/week

1st Nov 2019 SCC -70ML @ 6ML/week over 11-12weeks = (SCC / 2-3 months release time)
tbb again states local Turf Farms + Golf would truck 6ML weekly WTP grey water no worries.

SCC reckon if Govt released 60ML in May Floods(Health-Safety Issue) They'll buy into 70ML.

Airport partners are Sunshine Coast Council Superannuation not Ratepayers
Ratepayers are merely footing the PFAS bill for Councillor's retirement packages.
Just saying! Eitherway Council consider they're doing you a favour! Just be Happy!

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oceans11 Monday, 18 Nov 2019 at 12:43pm

Interesting post!!!!
SCC and the Airport Authority quoted in Sprouts info, that they would pump tainted water that did not meet safety levels, IF REQUIRED, whether into the ocean or into the Marcoola drain.
Surely the Governing Authority cannot approve this application with this type of wording, as, unless there is minute by minute monitoring during discharges, one would never know the levels of these dangerous chemicals contained.
I believe there is currently a legal class action taking place against an Enterprise, involving the discharge of PFAS tainted water and it's affect on many peoples health.
With this action currently taking place, I am stunned that SCC and the Airport would use this wording ( and more worrying) attempt to discharge unsafe polluted water into the ocean.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 30 Nov 2019 at 1:49am

Oceans 11 ...tbb is reading you loud & clear brother & sadly what you say is exactly what's currently happening right under our noses. (Pissing in each others pockets is putting it mildly). Those dirty stinking filthy rotten bastards are slowly poisoning Sunny's Blue Heart...tbb agrees 100% with oceans11 this is State sponsored poisoning of protected endangered world habitat.. Bring on the class action...NOW! Gold Coast stands with Sunny Coast...just say the word!

25th Nov 2019 ABC [f]

Crews turn to shout... tbb will get this round for Sprout....

"The State Government wants to meet with Sunshine Coast Council as it considers an application for water contaminated with the toxic chemical PFAS to be pumped out to the ocean.
A decision on the pipeline proposal was due this week but the State Government says it wants to discuss the matter with council to ensure the environmental management plan is appropriate.
The Department of Environment and Science is currently reviewing council's Tidal Works Application, in which would see PFAS contaminated water pumped from the Airport Expansion Site to Marcoola Beach.
But the Department says it has now requested further information for the application.
Interim releases of water with 'Low Levels of PFAS' have already been occurring into the Maroochy River."

May/June (Govt approved a one off flooded diluted 60ML release to clear work site)
tbb warned that SCC would push Govt for remaining 70ML Marcoola drain release.

ABC: 'Interim releases' of water with Low Levels of PFAS that have already been 'occurring' into Maroochy River.
Sounds like code for 70ML of PFAS going down Marcoola drain right before our eyes.

Govt +Council both outright refused River to Ocean release of PFAS.
Advise Locals to read more into these PFAS releases into Maroochy River!"
How much poison & where. Every reason to believe Sunny crew are surfing in PFAS.

People of the Gold Coast ask Sunshine Coast Council to stop poisoning SEQ...(NOW).

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oceans11 Saturday, 30 Nov 2019 at 10:30am

tbb and Sprout
Info posted by you guys is invaluable, legends both of you.
The people of the Sunshine Coast need to familiarise themselves with this issue and start to mount a synchronised course of strong, unabated action to ensure that our environment/ playground is not polluted with these dangerous chemicals.
The ratepayers/voters of the Sunshine Council will need to assess which Councillors need to be rightfully dumped at the next election, over this highly potentially dangerous pumping of PAFS into the ocean and or Maroochy river.
Recent news (1 week ago) outlined information regarding 3 current class actions before the courts, dealing with PAFS related health issues to residents, that live nearby 3 different RAAF air bases including Williamtown (near Newcastle) and 2 others. In addition to these, another class action on behalf of 40,000 people is being prepared and will be before the courts soon.
All residents of the Sunshine Coast need to be made aware of the importance of stopping the pumping of PAFS tainted water into the ocean, the river or Marcoola drain.
During predominate northerly winds (which have been extensive lately) the toxic water will end up along Marcoola Beach, Maroochy river mouth, Maroochy Beach,Moloolaba Beach and beyond.
During southerly winds, which also blows extensively, this toxic water will end up at Yaroomba, Coolum, Perigian Beach,Marcus Beach,Castaways Beach,Sunrise Beach and Sunshine Beach.
Ocean and River users of the Sunny Coast be warned. Of all the things worth fighting for, our health and well being of all generations is right up there.
The people with a vested interest in this pumping will be held to account just as the SEQ Water, Qld State Govt. and Engineers responsible for the Brisbane floods will be!

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truebluebasher Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 12:02am

Cheers! We also count Oceans11 as invaluable & whole crew as mentors.

Last post tbb was perplexed as to... sanctioned interim releases of PFAS .
Not gonna lose ground to these creeps...tbb back peddled to keep track...

Timeline 18/Nov/2019...tbb may need to better detail some entries
Most sorry, as it will slightly alter Total amount, but tbb will detail changes if needed.

4th Sept 2019 Cr O'Pray's PFAS Splash stunt, but how many listened to him!
Hands up if you thought it was about PFAS Pipeline! (It's about PFAS drain release)

Just in case you missed it again...tbb will cue "approved interim release amount/day!"

4/Sept/2019 [0:40] O'Pray: 3ML released into Marcoola Drain each day (continuous!)
Note as he drinks the PFAS we get 5 camera edits during this (3ML day statement).
Like as if Govt made SCC inform community but were cleverly disguising this fact.
tbb is saying wouldn't pick up on this with first & only viewing.
The PFAS stunt & edits were not stupid but a deliberate ploy to mask the script!

While SEQ were shocked into reading diabolical ocean pipeline release.
Govt / SCC pumped 3ML daily doses into Marcoola drain > Maroochy River > Ocean .
This never stopped 'till this day & should finish up in around a week's time!

SCC uploaded a 21 page 'Management of Ponded Site Water' (dated: 24 Oct 2019)
tbb is sure it only recently appeared...(SCC Timeline spells out the whole gig!)
It seems there was never a contractual penalty more about safety & insurance.
SCC thought by protecting the river & poisoning sea directly, wins them a gold star.
Despite the fact the evil bastards were always gonna harm both + more if they could!

According to SCC own doc there is lucky to be 30ML PFAS on site by end of Nov...
30ML Represents (10 days pumping into drain) Then it's all gone by 10th/Dec/2019.

Pipeline was only ever a distraction while poisoning Blue Heart during ocean release!
Now council will get a knighthood for rescuing surfies from 8ML/day PFAS doses.
Documents show much of the PFAS water was poorly tested & mostly untreated.
Seems certain that Govt + SCC knowingly poisoned Blue Heart / River / Ocean.

tbb can't trackdown River fishing / swim warnings or closures during PFAS dumping.
Now that is alarming as it's common knowledge that PFAS attracts Sharks.
tbb earlier mentioned that fishermen use drums of PFAS for top shelf Shark Burley...

Best to hear from local bull shark hunters if outgoing PFAS tide attracted Sharks.
2 weeks into out going PFAS releases...
' Best on the outgoing's been a good season for sharks so far!'
19th July 2019 (Fishing Monthly) river mouth Mudjimba Beach -Coolum are seeing plenty of Sharks with reports of some bigger sharks at night on live baits.

Expert Shark Hunters report increased Sharks in Mayor's Newspapers & Fishin' news.
Council & Govt knew they were inviting Sharks to a public beach & kept feeding them.

We know what you did last shark season Mr Mayor! ( SCC/Qld Govt > CCC )

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truebluebasher Thursday, 12 Dec 2019 at 8:43pm

Sunshine Coast Hat Trick
CEO pens letter for Wave Pool site rezone despite No vote & being a State Matter.
Council highlight PFAS Ocean pipeline while pumping PFAS thru river to ocean.
*9th Dec 2019 New Runway digs up Toxic Tip...(Absent from Airport EIS)

*Crew salute Sunny Coast swellnet star Sophie go girl!

*Great work with the research grant to all those who supported our girl Sophie!
Sophie's next level research is above & beyond...lead the way sister... say the word!

2 other Sunny Airport PFAS Docs were released this week...

6th Dec 2019 BMT seem to act as go between for Council..speak in past tense re: PFAS.
They consider the handling of PFAS as one of their best Projects of the Year.

12 Dec 2019 Airservices results of PFAS investigations at Sunshine Coast Airport

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Sprout Thursday, 19 Dec 2019 at 8:48am

Got 'lucky' with the drought.
Q. where does the PFAS go when the water evaporates, remains in the soil?
Council pulls plug on PFAS pipeline project
SUNSHINE Coast Council no longer has to pump contaminated water into the ocean off Marcoola, largely through treatment and reuse on-site.
Deputy mayor Tim Dwyer said council had always pursued a number of options for the release of the ponded water, with the prevailing dry conditions having enabled council to remove a large volume of water through a combination of actions, over several months.
"In October 2019, council proceeded with the option to install a water-treatment plant on-site," Cr Dwyer said. "The plant processed around six megalitres of water per week, and the treated water was used to suppress dust, and for compaction around the site. "Due to the dry conditions, evaporation has also significantly contributed to reducing the volume of water on site. "As council needed to ensure all viable options remained available if needed, we proceeded to seek approval to construct a temporary pipeline, to allow the water to be released into the ocean in a controlled manner - but this will now not proceed."
Cr Dwyer said if heavy rainfall had occurred, the pipeline would have been necessary to prevent uncontrolled releases of freshwater into the Maroochy River estuarine environment.
"As council has always advised our community, it was responsible and prudent to start mobilising a range of solutions, to manage the ponded water on-site," he said.
"As the water has been substantially reduced by other means, the proposed pipeline is now no longer needed. "Works have now occurred to enable the site to return to a self-draining area as it has always been, thus preventing further rainwater accumulation."
Council initially estimated the pipeline would cost about $2.5 million to construct.
As it has not been necessary to progress beyond development approval, the actual cost was less than $50,000.

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surfiebum Thursday, 19 Dec 2019 at 10:56am

Wow, good news overall.

I guess it'll just continue slowly leaching into the surrounding area as it has done previously then...

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truebluebasher Thursday, 19 Dec 2019 at 11:48am

Sprout ...thanks so much for another valuable update.. hard to source they are!

"As the water has been substantially reduced by 'other means'..."
Other means - "The daily 3ML untreated PFAS ocean release via protected River."

tbb explained Councils (PFAS Splash +Pipeline) were the decoys to mislead public.
Crew detailed how Ocean Pipeline was a distraction for dumping PFAS via the River.
Gold Coast are truly sorry as we of all should have sussed this from the start.
Also sorry to say SEQ have been rorted again by our cruel bully politicians.

Timelines & Kate's last photo showed there are hardly any Pools remaining onsite...
Kate did unearth some sorta invisible monstrous Toxic Tip...(See above)

Blue Heart Estuaries & Beaches are now laced with PFAS...(Where/Concentration?)
All we know is that council can't be trusted tasting it...nor licking the Ranch dressing.

Recordings show PFAS/Burley attracted more Sharks to Maroochy River mouth.
Sister Kate shared photo of Marcoola Drain/Creek as PFAS fishing hotspot.

Govt/ Council knew pumping PFAS thru Creek/River/Ocean put lives at risk!
No authorities sign posted of PFAS [DANGER] to swimmers,surfers & fishermen.

Smaller 'concentrations' in larger Moreton Bay killed off fishing & compo was paid!

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Sprout Tuesday, 4 Feb 2020 at 9:38am
Staggering cost of airport PFAS bill revealed
SUNSHINE Coast Council faced contractor penalties of $146,000 a day and a potential $25 million total bill as it grappled with how to manage PFAS-contaminated water on the airport construction site.

A closed-door special meeting on August 22 last year was told the cost of dealing with the issue could ultimately include contractor penalties of close to $10 million made up of $3.4 million in inefficiencies and $6.5 million in delay penalties.

Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer, in his capacity as Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project chairman, revealed on Monday afternoon that $12.75 million has been spent to date in dealing with the issue.

The August meeting came after correspondence to the council from the Department of Environment and Science on July 23 that made clear broader issues of potential PFAS contamination in the Maroochy River catchment had been compounded by the historic use of PFAS firefighting foam at the airport.

The department pointed out the need for PFAS management was not identified through the course of the Environmental Impact Statement for the runway construction project and comprehensive baseline testing was not undertaken to support starting the project.

The previously confidential minutes of the August 22 special meeting have been released through a right to information request by Division 8 candidate Kathryn Hyman.

She said the request came after sitting councillor Jason O'Pray had promised a public meeting organised by community groups on September 10 at the Maroochydore RSL that they would be given access to reports that informed the decision to pump the PFAS contaminated water out to sea.

More than 15,000 people signed a petition opposed to that solution.

Ms Hyman has questioned why the matter was discussed in secret in the first place given the decision now to release the entire contents of the confidential meeting minutes.

The council last year ultimately released online, information about the release but not the documents that have now become available through her request.

The ocean outfall proposal for the PFAS-contaminated water was suggested by the Department of Environment and Science as a better option than putting pollutants into the Maroochy River.

The report considered by councillors on August 22 explained ocean outfall would cost $3.1 million over three months as opposed to $7.5 million just to treat 150 megalitres through the water treatment plant.

On top of that, potential delay costs of $17.5 million over six months were also identified.

Ms Hyman has criticised the decision by councillors to adopt the recommendation "that the general community be made aware of the proposal (ocean outfall) only once council approval to proceed has been obtained".

"This is a staggering example of treating the community with contempt - they knew there would be backlash from the community - a decision was already made - and it was a done deal," she said.

"This flies in the face of meaningful community engagement and best practice consultation."

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surfiebum Tuesday, 4 Feb 2020 at 1:34pm

Local elections are coming up, so perfect time to show our councillors what we think of how they have treated us....

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Sprout Wednesday, 5 Feb 2020 at 10:42am
Multi-million-dollar blowout: Shocking total PFAS bill
SUNSHINE Coast Council has spent at least $30 million on managing PFAS pollution on the airport runway construction project, with unknown costs still to be incurred.

That total included the $12.75 million the council acknowledged on Monday had been spent from a $25 million provision.

That provision was identified in an August 22, 2019, confidential report to a special meeting of councillors and a further $18 million identified in the council's 2018-19 annual report for consultant reporting, site investigation, testing and mitigation works.

The council has consistently over the past 12 months played down the extent of the problems it faced.

Questions were put to all councillors and the Mayor on Tuesday morning with a 1pm deadline seeking information about the use the $12.75 million, what further money was needed to address the issue and the expected total cost.

Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project chairman and Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer responded.

"Hi, council will research our documentation and respond when the requested information has been compiled," he wrote.

"Due my workloads and that of council officers involved, a response will be provided as time allows, as we will not meet a 1pm time frame. Thank you."
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PFAS use in firefighting foam has been identified as a serious concern at airports dating back to 2002.

However, its presence and the need for management were not identified through the extensive two-stage Environmental Impact Statement that secured approval for the Sunshine Coast Airport runway project.

A letter to the council from the Department of Environment and Science on July 23 last year made clear its concerns about releasing PFAS-polluted surface water from the construction site into the Maroochy River.

"DES must remain mindful of the assimilative capacity of the Maroochy River and the significant unknowns associated with the existing base flows from other potential PFAS sources that may be inferred to already exist within the broader catchment," the department wrote.

"These unknowns are compounded in this case given the historic use of PFAS firefighting foam at the airport and the need for PFAS management was not identified through the course of the EIS process, and as a consequence comprehensive baseline testing was not undertaken to support commencement of the project."

The council's 2018-19 Annual Report suggested the issues and cost were largely due to the introduction of the National Environmental Management Plan for PFAS adopted at the start of 2018 after the 2017 project start.

Environmental scientists who have spoken with the Sunshine Coast Daily said that was not the case and a plan for PFAS management should have been in place before construction started, given the global awareness of the problem.

The council's annual report argued otherwise.

"During construction of the new Sunshine Coast Airport runway, a new PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) was adopted by the Heads of Environment Protection Authorities Australia and New Zealand," it stated.

"As a result, environmental issues related to the management of PFAS were identified by the Department of Environment and Science, and council has incurred approximately $18 million in consultant reporting, site investigation, testing and mitigation works to address the issues to the satisfaction of DES.

"These costs were required to be incurred in order to continue construction of the runway.

"In addition, as further mitigation is expected to be required to allow the runway construction to continue, a provision of $20 million has been recognised at 30 June 2019 to allow for this."

Detail of the August 22, 2019 special meeting and its reports were obtained through a right to information request by Division 8 candidate Kathryn Hyman.

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Sprout Wednesday, 5 Feb 2020 at 10:44am
Millions more to be spent on massive PFAS bill
SUNSHINE Coast Council has confirmed the cost of managing PFAS at the airport runway construction site will reach $43 million.

In response to questions put by the Sunshine Coast Daily, the council has revealed $25 million set aside in August last year would be fully expended.

The amount comes on top of earlier expenditure of $18 million.

The Daily put a series of specific questions to all Sunshine Coast councillors and the Mayor on Tuesday, with a 1pm deadline seeking full detail of the cost of PFAS treatment and management at the runway construction site.

The questions have been printed in full below, followed by a statement provided at 5.46pm quoting Deputy Mayor and Sunshine Coast Coast Airport Expansion Project chairman Tim Dwyer.

The response states that as well as the $25 million, another $18 million was allocated inside the project budget for PFAS-related purposes.

However the response fails to explain why the presence of PFAS and a management plan were not addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement that secured approval of the runway project.


1. Cr Dwyer has confirmed that $12.75 million of a $25 million provision outlined at a Special Meeting on August 22, 2019, has been expended. To what purposes and in what amounts has that money been used in relation to PFAS management?

2. How much of the balance of the $25 million is expected to be used and to what purposes?

3. The back pages of the 2018-19 Sunshine Coast Council Annual Report notes that costs in the order of $18 million had been incurred in "consultant reporting, site investigation, testing and mitigation works to address the issues to the satisfaction of DES. These costs were required to be incurred in order to continue construction of the runway". And "In addition, as further mitigation is expected to be required to allow the runway construction to continue, a provision of $20 million has been recognised at 30 June 2019 to allow for this".

On the available information it would appear that, to date, expenditure includes $18 million + $12.75 million + $ (Whatever balance may be required from the aforementioned $25 million). What is the total expected PFAS mitigation cost for the project?

4. Given the widely-held knowledge of the dangers of PFAS and the likelihood of its presence in airport environs, why wasn't the need for PFAS management identified through the course of the EIS process?


$12.75 million has been expended from the $25 million contingency provision in the 2019/20 financial year. This expenditure has been for PFAS management purposes, including relevant consultancies and assessments, purchase and installation of water tanks and the water treatment facility, water treatment operations and other activities associated with the management of PFAS in ponded water that was previously contained on the site.

The remaining contingency will be used as needed in the management of PFAS. This information was made publicly available in budget reports to council.

The costs associated with the management of PFAS in the ponded water that was previously on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project site are met from within the airport expansion project budget, progress on which is regularly reported to council.

The airport expansion project, including the cost to manage the ponded water that was on the site, is funded from borrowings which will be retired when council receives the final project payment from Palisade Investment Partners in 2022, so there is no enduring cost to the ratepayer from this project.

The (Environmental Impact Statement) was developed in compliance with the terms of reference issued by the Co-ordinator General and received all requisite approvals and associated conditions as deemed necessary by the Co-ordinator General.

Sunshine Coast Council continues to meet all of its environmental obligations as progress continues on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project. Council continues to work closely with the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science (DES).

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 5 Feb 2020 at 7:33pm

Above & beyond Sprout ...Big Kauna throne at WSR tribal council Noosa pow wow.

surfiebum is right to turn the hose back on these creeps.(re: below)

Qld Glossary: (Management) - The dumping of PFAS into the ocean via an Estuary.

swellnet crew give hearty thanx to the Sunny Chix that led ocean defence & mop up.
Noosa Surf Festival should reward these Chix, guest of honour at WSR dedication.

Nominations for Sunny Coast Ocean Rescue Awards at Noosa Surf Festival.

*Sophie Kate (swellnet crew) for outstanding Ocean defence & site reveals.
'Stop the SCC dumping PFAS on our beaches' > > 'SC Airport Contamination Watch'
Sophie lobs a grenade from her underground resistance bunker...[Another Strike!]

*Maria Suarez (D9: Candidate)
re: Flight Path Forum President (Big on open forum & exposing corrupt consultation)
Exposes : Blue Heart WSL Wave Pool (Fake Consultation)
P2 Letters (Div 9 Candidate) Blue Heart Defender

*Kathryn Hyman (D8: Candidate) see also Sophie Kate [f] SCA Contamination Watch
Exposes PFAS Ocean release docs + Fighting off beach Development.

Save Yaroomba Chix + all Sunny enviro Groups...(tbb has thanked a few & here.)

Sunny ~ swellnet chix are fighting back...give Sunny chix a break or wave of the day!
Clean up set of the day ~~~~^~~~~/(~~~~/(`~~~~/(C..[sunny)...../(C`..[chix )

PS: Goldie crew are honoured to back up front line Sunny Coast Ocean defence.
Greedy mega dumpster mobsters are put on notice...Girls turn to take out the trash!

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sophie.kate Monday, 10 Feb 2020 at 7:26am

Thank you for your kind words and support from the get-go. Sorry I haven't written back sooner.

The reason you can't find the page is I've changed the name, given the ocean dump is no longer required. Please check it out under new name: Sunshine Coast Contamination Watch here >

Check out my latest post here:

As you'll see, things are worse than we were led to believe last week...and I'm not happy about the community being mislead.

If you're interested, here is Council's response to my questions last week:

I sent the following NEW questions to Sunshine Coast Council this Thursday:

"I note from the RTI released this week to Kathryn Hyman that the highest groundwater PFAS reading at the airport is 0.7μg/L. Can you please tell me:

a) how big is the Eastern plume?

b) is the Eastern plume stable?

c) which direction does the groundwater flow from this point? Does it flow North, South, East or West? i.e does it flow towards residences?

d) will this area be remediated to groundwater level?

e) will you be testing resident's bores? If so, when?"

I am yet to receive a response. If Council goes to air this week with their response, like they did last week, I'll share it here.

Thanks again for your interstate support. It means a lot when there's only the sound of crickets coming from local community and enviro groups here.

In fact not only has there been a noticeable lack of support, one member of a well-known enviro group went as far as calling and asking me (okay, let's be wasn't really asking, it was more so putting pressure on) to pull the ABC article I'd organised. Interesting times.

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oceans11 Wednesday, 5 Feb 2020 at 6:40pm

Sprout and tbb,

Detailing the corruption is both sickening and enlightening, Councillors,Company execs and Polies have no limits!
The small people of the Sunny Coast are much admired for sniffing out the dirt on these parasites, dodging and weaving and side stepping the concerns of the locals and other concerned crew.
I hope the Sunshine Coast Council voters look very carefully at all the nominations for the upcoming Council elections.
Happy to be in the Noosa Shire and have no involvement with the Airport debacle.
During the Amalgamation debate 4 or 5 years ago Noosa voters saw the writing on the wall and the cost blowouts with the Airport expansion.
Sigh of relief.
The Sunshine Coast Councillors are a different breed.

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truebluebasher Sunday, 9 Feb 2020 at 11:19pm

swellnet welcome the return of our Ocean Queen, we salute your tireless brave quest.
Sunny Coast is being pulled apart & your Goldie crewmates stand ready to assist.

Environmentalists & Old School Surfers alike crossing over to the Darkside.
Govt, Ministers, CEO, Mayor, Whiteshoes, WSL, Qld Surfing all destroying the Ocean.
Bribes, Junkets, Upzones, Fake Consultation, deception for their retirement booty.

Blue heart is at risk & needs defending & you bet Goldie Surfers will fight alongside.
Sophie! Your Ocean defence is respected here & crew will get ready to rumble.
Just don't ask us to bat on the [f] pitch...we do our best work in our local lineup.

Let's get crackin', Goldie crew can see Sophie has been rummaging GCA files.(Smart!)

Beachside Airports PFAS Check List. (Part 1) The Onsite PFAS

Historic PFAS sites -Old Fire Station, Crash Sites, Tips, Sewage Plants...# minor PFAS
Note: Tip is major PFAS if Toxic Dump...more so due to town chemicals.

Storage Sites - PFAS/44G Drums store in Tank (Bunker) 3M lightwater/AFFF
Usually stored on near patch to Station & FTG Fire Training Ground.
Used Drums > Landfill + Bunker run off into Stormwater Channels...# minor PFAS
Note: These Tanks also supply PFAS Foam for Massive Fuelled Fires (Aviation/Marine)
Any such sites would likely also host PFAS.

Runoff Channels link all sites and are feeders of PFAS ...(minor PFAS)
Note: If PFAS is still present then this is major PFAS outlet.

Grass Irrigation...Runway Extensions / Taxi ways... forever increase in size.
Jet Engines blow up a Dust Hazard. PFAS is also Fertiliser & grows runway grass fast.
Note: If grass is Green then you can bet a PFAS Plume lies beneath in Groundwater.
Depending on size & age of Lawn...(minor-major PFAS)

Taxiway & Hanger...Planes Hydraulic Fluid (Skydrol) carries PFAS.
Uncertain as to the free flowing nature of Fluid but it was deemed an issue.
Taxiway Cleaning uses PFAS add Plane Cleaning to flow channels...(moderate PFAS)

JUHI Joint User Hydrant Installation...Unsure of overspill...(PFAS)

FTG Fire Testing Ground...Every 3 days+ 6mth Valve Test+[000] Plan/Drill -2 years
By very nature the test sites may relocate but usually radiate JUHI / Tank / Station.
1990> near all nasties (Kero-Deisal-PFAS) Runoff to Sewage...(PFAS Hot Spot/s)
Note: Due to large amounts...often runoff defers direct into stormwater channels.
Check: 2010 > Tests now use water! Hard to believe (Drill tests would!)

Station...Is often hosed down & Test PFAS gear usually just runs into stormwater.
Daily foam test or once per shift is carried out....(Moderate-High PFAS)
Note: Airports switched Foams & some since again...(Claims of PFAS foam exist)

Read more here...thanx to Air Services Australia.

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Beachside Airports PFAS Check List (Part 2) The Offsite PFAS

swellnet crew & Sophie have put up a good fight!
Sophie's secret spy work has revealed the war to save our Ocean is ongoing.(No rest!)
Sad & tiring as this is...we must keep up the fight as PFAS is still entering the Ocean.

GCA dumps PFAS in our WSR & SCA dumps PFAS in Blue Heart Ocean. (It's War!)
Airports illegal measures of PFAS enters our Ocean by ground / surface-water.
We have no choice but to stop this poisoning of World protected Surf habitat.

Site Excavation...The dug up PFAS soil is already poisoning site workers.
Govt fast track onsite development & No workers are forewarned of the dangers.
Often Hydrogen Peroxide is used as Soil Conditioner.

Surface Water Run Off...
Treated & Untreated PFAS flows from Airports into GC WSR / Blue Heart Estuary.

GCA (NSW) Lake side refuse to declare PFAS as a all the fish you like!
Despite illegal readings of PFAS entering Cobaki Wetlands...(Unbelievable!)

GCA (Qld) Don't fish or Bathe in Cooly Creek-Mouth...This PFAS outfall poisons WSR.
Comes ashore on WSR beach & up Desal Pipe into SEQ water supply & out our Taps)
This has apparently made some sick...(Scroll down linked site to the letters! Thanx!)

SCA (Qld) [No signs] Constant PFAS release > Blue Heart > Ocean (As Shark Burley)
Uncertain of any monitoring on Island / Beach Poisoning...(All 100% Classified)
In all cases these PFAS outfall readings are above accepted levels.

Groundwater Outfall...
Naturally wildlife suffers the most...again the PFAS exceeds habitat levels.
Residents that surround these Airports operate on Bore Water.

GCA (Qld Govt): No Pools, bathing (No drinking,eating Fish, Chickens/Eggs or Veges)
Note: Don't wash Dishes, Clothes or Wetties in PFAS groundwater either.
Govt are currently testing in the area...

SCA Ground/site water is Sophie's current undertaking (3 cheers!) Not Easy!
Sophie has uncovered high level PFAS that naturally enters both Blue Heart & Surf.

Here's where the crew can help...Sophie is seeking bore access to track PFAS Plumes.
By accessing more data, can better estimate the Poisoning of Surf Breaks/Estuary.

Let's step it up crew! The Sunny Wahines need our help...that's much better!
Bores you want...we got em...sadly no fancy East side peep holes...tbb is a bit rusty!
Sorry Girlz, this is the best the Boyz can do...crossing our fingers its enough!

Southside Bore : Mudjimba Multisports Complex (400m S/W of Runway South end)
Directions...Drive to end of East / West cul-de-sacs (Community Centre Southside)

Northside Bore: (N/W) Cut away corner of Airport Boundary meeting NC Reserve.
Council / NP 4wd access (About 20m on Reserve side of Boundary 800m > beach)

N/W Distant Bore Cluster.(Sunshine Coast Mwy / Maroochy River (East branch)
4 bores pepper the north end of Large Northern Property.
1 bore on each of the 2 smaller Sth private properties closer to n/w Airport boundary.

For more detail...

Goldie crew nominate Sophie + Kathryn for Ocean Queens @ WSR dedication.

Sophie's site:

Kathryn's site

Maria's site

Interstate/Gold Coast Surfers salute real proper Qld Leaders The Sunny Queens.

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truebluebasher Friday, 28 Feb 2020 at 10:20pm

swellnet Sophie.kate & sisters Kathryn & Maria have gone next level.
Sisters uncovered $43m cost for pumping the PFAS to Ocean via the River.
Sophie reckons the groundwater PFAS is 10x over limit and permeates surrounds!

Council tries to bill Sophie $2480 to access common groundwater info!

Sophie.kate vs Sunny Coast Whiteshoe Council
Sunny Council Airport Losers that tried to take on Sophie.kate.
(Pure Massacre...Look Away!)

SC CEO Michael Whittaker (Gone!)
Cr Steve Robinson (Missing in action!)
Cr Jason O'Prey (Ran Away!)
Ross Ullman (Nowhere!)
Cr Dwyer (Needs 4 weeks to warm up!)

Whole sad corrupt council combined can't stand up to Sophie.kate.
Pathetic to see grown men scamper & paywall our sweet innocent swellnet sister

Special mention for Candidates Kathryn & Maria who could easily push own agenda.
Instead, they bat for the people, unravelling the web of deceit...(Dead Set Legends!)
Already 1st Class leaders dedicating time & resource putting Sunny 1st!

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nick.minor Saturday, 7 Mar 2020 at 11:14pm

As a recent local I'd largely forgotten about this issue until reading about pfas issues on a project back in Melbourne.

There is a paucity of recent news/ information when one Google's sunshine coast pfas.

It's a shame when this thread on a (excellent) surf forecasting web forum is the best source for something that is in all likelihood a big issue

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truebluebasher Friday, 15 May 2020 at 9:10pm

Maybe the 2nd best source nick & that's mostly down to swellnet sister sophie.kate.

With sophie's permission tbb will stand in for an update...
Sophie usually apologizes, she never needs to, so we'll skip that bit...

2 March - SCC Water release program (The Mop up)

6 March - Airservices are like casa-thorough but ignore own advice..
Sophie says Dodginess! Well! It's seems dodgy when you do nothing about it!

3 March -Dept 'Defence dump PFAS on Dept 'Health /Agriculture,water,Environment.

10 March- Sophie gets a reply Map of PFAS but is Zoomed to airport confines.
Clearly Council knew what Sophie requested ( Offsite PFAS) but fudged it.
Foul play said Sophie's crew...(Next a SC council corp weighs in)...crew don't buy it!

Sophie asks Council again for full plume map!
SCC: "Google Earth reckon that's the whole show!"
Sophie throws laptop out the window like a frisbee... So funny! Not!
Suggests no one draws plumes that fall off the edge of Google Earth Maps.

Sophie tries again!
tbb: Rack off Sophie, you & yer mates I know what yer after & I'll put you straight...
SCC: "Your request has been assessed, addressed and is now completed and closed."

Sophie shows dodgie photo of down stream PFAS? Yuck!

Tetrakis report Oct 2018 reveals PFAS in 'soil samples'

Sophie's computer is only good for 15mins (note: Shouldn't throw it out the window!)

Congratulations to Maria Suarez...Councillor Div 9

SEQ salutes Kathryn...thanks Blue Heart Defender...champion in our eyes!

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Sprout Wednesday, 18 Nov 2020 at 3:49pm

Council has spent almost $37 million on PFAS management at Sunshine Coast Airport and set aside an extra $3.3 million for further mitigation measures expected to be required.

The 2019-20 annual report stated council had spent $36.864 million to-date on "consultant reporting, site investigation, testing and mitigation works to address the issues to the satisfaction of DES (Department of Environment and Science)".

It was noted in the latest annual report that a new PFAS National Management Plan adopted by the Heads of Environment Protection Authorities Australia and New Zealand had triggered the environmental issues.

...a $2.5 million pipeline was planned to be built to drain ponded water from the site under the David Low Way and out to sea, but was not required.