Property owner monitors animals’ drinking water

Geoffrey Hamilton at his son’s Fullerton Cove property with his free range chickens.  Picture: Darren Pateman
Geoffrey Hamilton at his son’s Fullerton Cove property with his free range chickens. Picture: Darren Pateman

Silence over toxic contamination  angers community

WHILE Geoffrey Hamilton believes the pollution threat to Fullerton Cove from the nearby RAAF base is very real, he says he and his animals are safe. 

Mr Hamilton runs free range chickens, sheep, alpacas and horses on his son’s 4hectare property.

Although ground water is plentiful, none of the animals are allowed to consume it.

‘‘There are two ground water levels,’’ said.

 ‘‘The top level is about a metre down. I wouldn’t even use it to water the garden,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m also a member of Salt Ash Pony Club. 

‘‘We don’t use ground water there either because of the pollution in it.’’

Residents living around the RAAF base have been advised not to drink bore water, or to eat fish caught in the nearby area or eggs from backyard chickens after the discovery  of  legacy fire-fighting chemicals in ground water bores.

Mr Hamilton said the pollution scare highlighted why local residents had fought against a proposed coal seam gas project in the village several years ago.

‘‘The aquifer system is very delicate,’’ he said.

‘‘You only have to pollute a small part of it to create major problems.’’