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Tests to assess navy base contamination Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au

Free ride: Five couples will be transported to Mornington Racecourse in this classic bus as part of this year’s RACV Great Australian Rally (details below).

Rally puts history on wheels HISTORY will be back on the road next month as more than 1000 classic cars make their way to Mornington in the RACV Great Australian Rally. Cars will leave for Mornington from Hastings and Brighton. The cars will be on public display at Mornington racecourse from 10am, the centrepiece of the day’s attractions which include children’s activities, food and market stalls and a display of historic, classic and exotic vehicles.. The origins of the rally go back to 1992 and the first Great Australian Rally started from Melbourne and finished at Cape Schanck. Over the years the event has evolved into one

of the largest classic vehicle events in Australia. The RACV took over sponsorship of the rally in 1999, and in 2001 Mornington Racecourse was chosen by the organising committee of the All British Classics Car Club as the finishing location for the public display of participating vehicles. This year’s rally will see the inaugural Brighton to Mornington Rally, with vehicles leaving Park St, Brighton, at 9am for the trip to Mornington where they will be join the public display. The veteran cars will be followed by the classic Ventura bus carrying five

couples who will be given VIP status at the rally, including a tour of the display, plus lunch and drinks in the racecourse dining room. For a chance to win a ride on the bus send your name and email address to colin@abccc.com.au. Winners will be notified by 1 February. Mornington Racecourse will open to the public from 10am to 4pm. Food and wine will be available, along with other attractions. Adults $10; children under 14 are free. Entry fees are donated to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for cancer research. Details www.greataustralianrally.com.au

HEALTH risks associated with firefighting foams at HMAS Cerberus have been assessed as “very low”. However, the officer overseeing the clean-up of the potentially dangerous chemicals says those most likely to be affected are those in contact with contaminated ground water. These may include people who drink tank water supplemented by bore water, but could extend anyone eating fish caught near Hanns Inlet on which the base is situated in Western Port. A full-scale ecological risk assessment next year by GHD environment consultants will more fully analyse samples of soil, sediment, water and plants – as well as the areas in which they are found – to determine the possible human and native animal health risks. HMAS Cerberus is one of 12 Defence sites nationally listed as potentially contaminated in a report released last month. First assistant secretary infrastructure Chris Birrer, who hosted a community walk-in information session at the Crib Point base last week, said “there is no consistent evidence of adverse health impacts [at the base] yet”. “Our advice is for people to minimise exposure because the chemicals can get into the skin and can be ingested through drinking contaminated ground water or bore water,” Mr Birrer said.

“We are not aware of anyone near here doing that, but we are taking a cautionary approach and want anyone with any concerns to contact us.” Defence says it has been “proactive in initiating the environmental program to investigate the nature and extent of PFAS on and in the vicinity of selected Defence properties around Australia”. Mr Birrer said the chemicals were contained in fire-fighting foams used at the base from the 1970s-2004. The same chemicals were used to make commercial cooking utensils until being phased out in favour of more environmentally-friendly chemicals. “We are taking a cautionary approach and we would like people to contact us if they have concerns, and especially if they use bore water. Reticulated town water is OK,” Mr Birrer said.

Tracking septics MORE than 30,000 properties owners on the Mornington Peninsula use septic tanks. The brochure Septic Health – The Facts launched at the forum has information for property owners on the maintenance of septic tank systems. The brochure is available at shire customer service centres and on mornpen.vic.gov.au/septictanksfacts. For further information on the programs or septic system maintenance, call Ms Dwyer 0439 094 346 or email Nicole.Dwyer@mornpen.vic.gov.au

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