$2.3m lead legacy fund for Boolaroo
20th March 2023
Just a quick update for Boolaroo residents on the additional $2.3m I secured for the management of lead legacy issues in the area.
Lake Mac council has now employed a full-time contact for people living in the LAS (lead abatement strategy) zone. Her name is Adele Petterd (Sustainability Engagement Office – Land Contamination) and she is currently co-ordinating the lead mitigation response program.
Adele will also lead the community consultation which will ramp up in coming months. I believe she’s already been in contact with people who made previous applications for financial assistance.
The program includes a fund which will provide financial assistance to people in the LAS zone to manage or remove lead contamination from their properties.
There is also another funding pool which the council will use to remove contamination in public areas such as parks.
The council has also purchased an XRF machine which can be used to test soil for levels of contamination. This will save residents the cost of doing it themselves.
I’m really pleased that things are finally moving on this program which has the ultimate aim of removing cost burdens for residents, removing any possible impacts to human health, removing all contaminated soil within the LAS area and any environmental impacts. I also appreciate the assistance from Boolaroo Action Group.
I’ll keep you updated as things progress, as will the council via Adele who will be contacting landowners directly in coming months.