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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Mayor orders ‘immediate investigation’ into northside chemical contamination

Poison poultry scandal: Long-term Dakabin resident Alan Williams says leaching water must be tested. Photo: Tony Moore Poisoned poultry scandal at Dakabin, Red Plymouth Rocks hens and rooster dead. Photo: Tony Moore
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Moreton Bay mayor Allan Sutherland. Photo: Robert Shakespeare

Moreton Bay mayor Allan Sutherland late on Wednesday ordered an immediate inquiry into whether toxic chemicals leaking from the old Dakabin tip were responsible for 20 show chickens dying from cancer from 2013.

“Following an initial investigation I ordered, we determined this area to be a former landfill site that was operated by the former Pine Rivers Shire Council more than a decade ago,” Cr Sutherland said.

“I have now ordered an immediate investigation to determine if there are any contamination issues at the site,” he said.

Adrian Gallagher questioned the impact of chemicals leaching from the old dump on 20 show chickens that died from cancerous mouth lesions from 2013 on a block of land immediately below the dump.

Dr Gallagher described the situation as a modern-day “canary in a coal mine” and urged an investigation.

A Queensland Government MP who is patron of the North Pine Soccer Club built on an old dump will question Environment Minister Steven Miles on the impact of leaching toxic chemicals in the death by cancer of 20 chickens from that old tip at Dakabin.

Kallangur MP Shane King said he was very concerned after reading the allegations and said he would personally raise the issue with Environment Minister Steven Miles and Moreton Bay Council.

Mr King said he was the patron of the North Pine Soccer Club that uses playing fields behind Dakabin State High School, which is built on mildly contaminated land.

“I am concerned obviously and I will be asking for council and our government to work together to see if there is anything going on there,” Mr King said.

“We just can’t let it go.”

The region’s older residents have told Fairfax Media there were old tips between Narangba Road and Marsden Road and the records were kept by the previous Pine Rivers Shire Council.

Moreton Bay Regional Council is now looking back though paper records to see if it completed water and soil contamination tests on the Marsden Street block of land where the chickens began to die in April to May 2013.

Fairfax Media on Wednesday spoke with Eric and Judy Dohle, relatives of the original farming Dohles family that moved into the area in 1899, establishing farms, timber-cutting and businesses.

The couple said the possible contamination should be investigated.

Eric Dohle, 75 – a descendent of the Dohles farming family recognised in the name Dohles Rocks Road – remembered two old dumps on Narangba Road, and at Marsden Road at Dakabin.

“There was one on Narangba Road and it was there for ages,” Mr Dohles said.

“It was halfway between Torrens Road and the next one on the left hand side as you are heading towards Narangba Road,” he said.

“And the dump was on the right hand side of the road.”

Mr Dohles said a second dump was up near the sports fields behind Marsden Road. He estimated it may have operated between 1962 and 1978 – when Dakabin State High School started – but possibly before.

“There was a dump on Marsden Road and there was a dump on Narangba Road, not very far apart,” he said.

“They dumped every bloody thing in there. It was a general tip, bloody old cars, everything went in there.”

Mr Dohle said “in all probability” farmers dumped chemicals in these old dumps.

“I wouldn’t know for sure what was dumped in there, but it was a general tip.”

“It was where the cricket field is now; that’s where the tip was.”

Mr King said he knew Eric Dohle and would not dispute Mr and Mrs Dohles’ memory.

“If he said it was there, I don’t dispute; he’s a pretty decent guy.”

“As I’ve said I have asked questions of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection,” he said.

“We need to get to the bottom of this.”

Eric Dohle’s father George Dohle told long-term Kallangur resident Alan Williams before he passed away that six chemical pits were also placed around the Marsden Road site below the old tip.

One of these old chemical pits was accidently uncovered by a contractor clearing koala food trees from 235 Marsden Road in 2013; spewing foul-smelling liquid.

The owner of 235 Marsden Road on Thursday strongly denied a pit was discovered on the property. She declined to comment further.

Chickens that progressively died, lived at 231 Marsden Road and drank from this water and scratched in dirt that was covered by the liquid.

Dakabin State High School on Marsden Road, the nearby playing fields, the soccer fields and the cricket oval are all built on top of an old dump.

These sites have subsequently been all listed on the Queensland Government’s Contaminated Land Register as low risk sites, while the adjacent Bob Brock Park is not.

Land below the dump – which receives seepage – is also not on the Queensland Government’s Contaminated Land Register.

Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection could not answer if soil or water contamination tests were completed in 2013, when the concerns were first raised by residents.

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