Dieldrin and schools - which schools were tested?

Bellarine Secondary College (Drysdale Campus) site was purchased in the late 1990s from the City of Greater Geelong and was farming land prior to its acquisition. 

The Department of Agriculture conducted tests on farming land in the area of the school site prior to the purchase of the land in the late 1990s. The results show that contaminants were not detected at harmful levels.

The Education Department relied on these results to determine that the land was suitable for use as a school. 

In 2016, in response to community concern, the Geelong Council tested the oval adjacent to the Drysdale Campus. 

In September 2018, the Department of Education and Training commissioned independent tests on the soil at this school. The results showed no cause for concern about levels that could affect human health.

Around the same time, WorkSafe conducted separate soil testing of this school and found that concentrations of contaminants were well below guideline levels for the protection of human health.

The Barwon Heads Primary School site was purchased in 1946. The Department of Education and Training understands that it was grazing land prior to its purchase. In response to community concern, the Department commissioned independent soil testing at this school in January 2019.

The results showed no cause for concern about levels that could affect human health.






Page last updated: Wednesday, 19 January 2022

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