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December 16, 2017

Fire aftermath asbestos removal bill blows out

Asbestos contamination has blown out the cost of Tasmania’s bushfire cleanup.

The bushfire recovery taskforce says all 306 properties eligible for a free clean up have now been cleared.

Contractors had hoped to finish the job by the end of April, but took an extra five weeks because of asbestos contamination.

Up to a metre of topsoil had to be removed at some properties, instead of the standard 100 millimetres.

Contractors took 44,000 tonnes, or about 3,000 truckloads of rubble, well above the original estimate of 6,000 tonnes.

In February, the cost of the clean up was estimated at $3 million, but the final total is $6.9 million.

The clean up was jointly funded by State and Federal Governments.

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Fire aftermath asbestos removal bill blows out

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