Toxic chemicals from Gold Coast Airport detected in Coolangatta Creek

TOXIC chemicals from the Gold Coast Airport are flowing through Coolangatta Creek and being spat out onto Kirra Beach, it has been confirmed.

Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFAS) has been found in the creek at the point where it discharges onto Kirra Beach.

Council has announced it will tomorrow erect health advisory signs in the area, warning residents not to “recreate” in water from Coolangatta Creek which regularly pools on the beach.


“Levels of PFAS recorded in Coolangatta Creek at the point of discharge onto Kirra Beach were at higher levels but still below guideline levels for recreational use,” a City of Gold Coast spokesperson said.

“The City will review and reassess its advice to recreational users of marine waters at Kirra Beach based on future monitoring results or changes to the current situation.”

Council said the impacts to the environment were being addressed separately by AirServices Australia, Gold Coast Airport, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), and Queensland Health.

It’s understood the EHP is currently testing groundwater near Gold Four Drive at Bilinga, opposite the airport.

“The City will continue to liaise with these lead agencies to track the progress of their investigations,” Council said.

The toxic chemical has been used in firefighting foam at airports across the country for decades.

In April, 22,000 litres of a firefighting foam containing perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) was spilled into the Brisbane River from a Qantas hangar at Brisbane Airport.

It led to the major airline announcing a nationwide ban the chemical, vowing to phase it out at airports across the country within the next 12 months.

Any queries relating to public health should be directed to Queensland Health on 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).