Re Mt Bundy Water Supply

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 17:51
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As you all would know by now our Caravan and Camping area was shut down, I just recieved this email from Ch 9 .
As soon as we can reopen the Station to Tourists I will add another thread to EO.


Mount Bundy Station’s drinking water is safe, based on initial water tests conducted as part of a Coronial investigation, NT Chief Health Officer, Dr Barbara Paterson said today.

Dr Paterson confirmed that the test results identified very low levels of arsenic that would be unlikely to impact on human health, even over a lengthy period of time.

A series of follow-up water drinking water samples and samples from non-potable sources on the property were collected from the site last weekend and are currently undergoing the same rigorous scientific analysis.

Should the repeat testing reveal similar results, the station’s main drinking water supply would be declared safe.

Adelaide River water supply is being tested again today by Power Water Corporation. Results from March this year indicate the water is safe.

The initial water samples were gathered in response to the Coronial investigation, following the tragic death in May of a 17-year old male who had been a long term resident of the station.

Dr Paterson said DoH was continuing to work with other key NT agencies, including NRETAS and the Department of Resources, on environmental testing aimed at identifying the possible source of the arsenic contamination. This testing includes extensive soil sampling.
“It should be noted that Mt Bundy Station was declared an excluded area last weekend by the NT Coroner, and as a precautionary measure all residents and visitors were asked to leave.
“In addition, coronial investigations are being conducted by Police in both SA and the NT, and this places a number of constraints on public comment by authorities,” Dr Paterson added.
DoH is coordinating medical assessment, including referrals where necessary, for eight long-term residents of Mt Bundy Station whose test results have indicated elevated levels of arsenic exposure.
Medical advice has also been offered to Adelaide River residents and visitors, although there have been no indicators of concern about people’s health at this time.

A community information briefing will be held at the Adelaide River Show Society Club, Dorat Road at 6.30pm on Wednesday 15 June 2011.

Michelle Buckworth


GPO Box 1764 Darwin NT 0801

And breaking news from the NT News this afternoon

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Reply By: Rockape - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 18:12

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 18:12
all the best to you and residents and hopefully things will return to normal(if that can ever happen after the loss of the lad)

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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 18:41

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 18:41
Thanks for taking the time to post this SITREP Doug.

That breaking NT NEWS REPORT is certainly good news, and hopefully puts some trial by media to bed.

We can only imagine the emotional rollercoaster ride you people up there are on.

Please take some comfort from the fact that you are all in our prayers and thoughts, and that some form of normality will soon return, and that memories of Ben's time among you, will strengthen the already resolute resolve you people of MB have.

Hopefully many of us from EO can visit MB in the future.

Take care mate.

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 18:45

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 18:45
That's good to hear Doug.

I assume you were tested and given the all clear. It must have been a worrying time.

I'm also glad that Mt Bundy is clear and, hopefully, you will be there in a month or so when we call in for a visit.


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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 19:06

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 19:06
Hi Doug

Great to hear the good news and I wish you and everyone up there on Mount Bundy Station all the very best. You all had enough on your plate, let alone what we all read on the ABC.

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Reply By: Jezza77 - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 20:09

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 20:09
Hi Doug good to hear you are in the clear, if you get the chance could you call me on 0417123119 or let me know your number thanks
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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 23:40

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 23:40
Thanks for the update Doug, it's amazing the stories that one hears in the News Bulletins so it's good to get the correct story. I can't imagine what you are all going through up there, but it's good that you have been given the all clear as far as the water contamination is concerned. Take care and look after yourself, all the best.
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