2018 July: Macknade (Queensland). PFAS

Macknade, North Queensland


The Queensland Government is assisting the Hinchinbrook Shire Council in response to the detection of perfluorinated substances in one groundwater bore that previously supplied part of the Hinchinbrook Shire water network.

Testing undertaken by the Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Queensland Health in July 2018 identified a single groundwater bore located near Macknade (located approximately 130km north of Townsville) which contained PFAS levels above the drinking water criteria.

Hinchinbrook Shire Council immediately disconnected the bore from the water supply and the bore no longer forms part of the water supply network.

Subsequent testing carried out by the Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Queensland Health confirms that Hinchinbrook Shire’s water supply is within Australian drinking water quality guidelines, posing no immediate health risk to people.

The Department of Environment and Science is working with the Hinchinbrook Shire Council and other State Government departments to investigate potential sources of the PFAS.