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November 20, 2017

Asbestos key to park clean-up

A CLEAN-UP of the asbestos-riddled caravans and manufactured homes smashed up by Mulwala’s March 21 tornado won’t start for weeks.

Clearing Denison County Caravan Park has been held up by the preparation of tender documents for the work.

The park took the brunt of the tornado’s 300km/h force, along with the nearby Sun Country Holiday Village.

The tornado cut a swathe through Mulwala, Yarrawonga, Barooga, Bundalong, Rutherglen and the Koonoomoo area near Cobram.

Most of the clean-up work in the Corowa Shire was done several weeks ago.

The council’s environmental services director, Bob Parr, said the focus had been to help people with welfare issues to contact government and private agencies.

He said the big task now was to rebuild the caravans and homes at both caravan parks.

“Sun Country is managing itself but Denison County is different — because of asbestos, WorkCover declared it a hazardous site,” he said.

An added problem has been the occupants’ and owners’ insurance was not enough to pay for clearing the site.

So police and emergency services asked the NSW treasury to help pay to clear the asbestos waste and the project was then handed to NSW Public Works.

It is working with the residents to prepare specifications for the clearance work.

Mr Parr said the work was going to tender to ensure the best price for the public money.

He expected the work to start in “the not too distant future”.

“We are very much hoping it will only be a matter of weeks now before we see some action,” Mr Parr said.

“When it starts will be quite quick.”

Mr Parr said the clean-up had been “fairly quick, with Denison County the exception.

“The 160 sites at the caravan park means a lot of people have been affected,” he said.

“Those people have been unable to sign off on that part of that life.”

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