Mega 20-week trial looms over Oakey contamination
OAKEY residents have one month to opt-in to a class action against the Department of Defence over the town's contaminated drinking water crisis.
The residents claim tests revealed drinking water had been contaminated with firefighting foam, containing cancerous PFOA and PFOS chemicals, which were used by an army aviation centre at Oakey.
An investigation by the The Courier-Mail in 2016 resulted in the Federal Government announcing a $55 million assistance package for affected residents.
Shine Lawyers, who are acting for the residents, have previously said the package focused on studies, testing and counselling and was not designed to compensate residents.
They allege the contamination devalued homes, forced the closure of businesses and exposed residents to "fear and stress" over the unknown health impacts from the foam.
In a statement released by the law firm today, it was revealed the matter would be listed for a 20-week trial from August next year if court-ordered mediation set down to begin next month fails.
A spokeswoman for Shine Lawyers said a town hall meeting will be held at the Oakey RSL on Wednesday to update residents on the class action.
She said residents have one month to register to be part of the action before the case enters the mediation stage.
"In order to give as many people access to any potential settlement in mid-December, we're inviting people to join the action before this mediation date," a statement from Shine said.
"If you owned land within the period between 1977 and mid-2014, even if you have sold property you can join."