In 2014, former Lands Department employees in the Ballarat area raised concerns regarding the use and practices surrounding chemicals 245T and 24D during their employment, and whether exposure had a detrimental effect on their health.
The Victorian Government has established an independent inquiry to investigate these concerns, appointing Mr Greg Tweedly as inquiry chair.
The inquiry will investigate the use and practices surrounding 245T and 24D by former Lands Department employees between 1965 and 1995, in the following areas:
- Golden Plains Shire
- Moorabool Shire
- Hepburn Shire
- Ballarat City Council
- Pyrenees Shire
- Ararat City Council, and
- Central Goldfields Shire
Key dates (all are 2015)
May – June. Receipt of written submissions and conduct of interviews
June – July. Analysis of historical documents and evidence
July – September. Preparation of Inquiry report
11 – November. Final report delivered to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water for consideration
How to participate
The community consultation period for the Inquiry ended on 12 June 2015.