$6m clean-up bill for Evans Head aerodrome land
RESIDENTS have been told to avoid ground water and soil from land adjoining the Evans Head Aerodrome after toxic chemicals were discovered at the site.
The contamination dates back to when the facility was used as an airforce base in World War II.
Richmond Valley Council general manager Brian Wilkinson said the discovery would interfere with plans for a 100-bed Ex-Services aged care and retirement facility until as much as $6 million worth of remediation works were completed.
Mr Wilkinson said work had already started but the full cost should not have to be met by ratepayers.
"We need the Federal Government to recognise its responsibility as the original owners of the site to pay a share of the costs," he said.
The Federal Government has asked for additional in- formation about the matter before making an official response.
The study, which began last year, found contaminants including hydrocarbons used as dust suppression and from underground fuel storage and small patches of heavy metals.