It was a momentous year for so many reasons. Key points: Several sites along Deep Creek and Arundel Creek, in Melbourne’s west, have unhealthy levels of the chemical PFAS The EPA warned people not to fish in parts of the Maribyrnong River and in Arundel Creek as it conducts testing Drinking water supplies are not affected by the contamination Far away in Perth, Greg Chappell made his test debut with a century against England, while back home Carlton shocked spectators by stealing the premiership flag from Collingwood. But for Helen van den Berg, 1970 will always be the year that she first laid eyes on Steele Creek. She was 25 and had only just moved to Niddrie, in Melbourne’s north-west, with her husband Jos, and the creek was only metres from her home. “I was so pleased to be near a little waterway,” Ms van den Berg said. The couple had two sons and the creek was their playground. “They watched the fish, they pulled the sand out of the creek, they did sand paintings with it,” she said. But today the rules are different for her grandchildren, who are forbidden from playing in the creek. Ms van den Berg… Read full this story
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