January 21, 2019

Googong and Tralee the winners from ACT asbestos Fluffy buyback, says real Estate Institute

The Inquiry into the proposed Appropriation (Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication) Bill 2014-15. Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane<br />
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                                The Inquiry into the proposed Appropriation (Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication) Bill 2014-15. Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane<br />
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<p>The new NSW suburbs of Googong and Tralee will be the winners from the Mr Fluffy buyback, the head of the Real Estate Institute of the ACT, Ron Bell, has warned, with little land available in the ACT.</p>
<p>Also on Friday, an inquiry into the Fluffy buyback and demolition heard that about 300,000 cubic metres of asbestos-contaminated material from Fluffy homes is expected to be dumped at the West Belconnen tip, with back-up plans to accommodate a lot more.</p>
<p>Thought is also being given to the future of the dump site, with a possibility it will become sportsgrounds, Territories and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury said. Asked for detail later, he also raised the possibility of a solar farm on the site, but stressed they were simply ideas and no decisions had been made about the long-term future of the site.</p>
<p>Mr Bell said it would be Canberra’s loss if homeowners bought in Googong and Tralee, near Queanbeyan, with the loss of rates and taxes across the border, but people wanting to build a new home were left with little choice.</p>
<p>“The process will be quicker and land is going to be cheaper,” he said, with NSW planning and development moving faster and few blocks available in the ACT, despite the fact that the stamp duty waiver will not be available to people who buy in NSW.</p>
<p>“You can’t go out and buy a block of land [in the ACT],” he said. “The builders are screaming about that sort of thing.”</p>
<p>Mr Bell, speaking to the inquiry, also suggested Fluffy owners would head for retirement villages and apartments, because of the cost, the lack of land and their stage in life.</p>
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Treasurer Andrew Barr told the inquiry the government would release 4000 new house sites next year, and between 3500 and 4000 in each year beyond that. That was an increase from the underlying demand for 2700 to 3000 new sites a year, he said.

He also predicted the influx of Fluffy homeowners would not have a big impact on the real-estate market, given it had been flat for three or four years and was at the mercy largely of Commonwealth job cuts, with more cuts expected at the federal government’s mid-year update in February.

The inquiry heard that officials were expecting 300 cubic metres of material to be dumped at West Belconnen from each of the 1021 Fluffy homes, but the site had capacity for more – up to 480,000 cubic metres.

Questioned about safety, Mr Rattenbury said the material would be secured as it was delivered by truck, then 30 centimetres of cover would be added at the end of each day, and the site would be capped at the end of the demolition. Officials were reviewing the protocols to check they were sufficient for the large-scale dumping.

“There is clearly no intention for asbestos to be blowing around West Belconnen,” he said.

The executive director of the directorate’s business enterprises division, Phillip Perram, said the material would arrive in a bonded state, with a superglue-like material used to bind it before it was loaded on to trucks, giving it the integrity necessary to stop it blowing around.

Labor backbencher Mary Porter raised concerns about contamination of stormwater and groundwater. Mr Perram responded that asbestos fibres were “literally trapped” by the soil and would not enter groundwater. Stormwater was not an issue because the site would be capped. He did not provide details on the question of stormwater contamination during the demolition, given water would be used to damp dust while houses were being demolished.

He suggested the dump site might one day be used for playing fields and walking tracks, a suggestion backed by Mr Rattenbury, who said it wasn’t so much a hole that was being created at West Belconnen as a “land mass” that would be shaped depending on future uses, such as sportsgrounds.

Taskforce head Andrew Kefford said the asbestos removed from the ceilings of Mr Fluffy homes 20 years ago had been dumped at Palmerston, in Gungahlin, at what were now the Gungaderra grasslands.

Fluffy Owners and Residents Action group spokesperson Brianna Heseltine said owners were confused about the evolving advice on whether contents were safe to take with them, with conflicting advice from the Asbestos Taskforce and removalists. The taskforce is leaving decisions largely in the hands of owners, beyond telling them they should not touch anything that has been stored in the subfloor or ceiling space, or in contaminated cupboards. They have also been told that soft furnishings, bedding, linen, soft toys and clothing stored in a contaminated area should be abandoned.

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Asbestos warning after fly-tipping on beauty spot

Warnings signs had been placed on Surrey Wildlife Common after material containing asbestos which can lead to cancer was dumped there

Material containing asbestos has been dumped near to a Guildford pond on Surrey Wildlife Common.

Guildford Borough Council is investigating the issue, and believes it could have been left along Keen’s Lane on Chitty’s Common in Worplesdon on Sunday July 28 or Monday July 29.

The bags were left around one metre away from the pond at the Surrey Wildlife Trust common, and yellow tape warning of asbestos had been put around them, before it was removed this week.

Exposure to asbestos can lead to cancer and scarring of the lungs.

It is safe if undamaged or undisturbed, but needs to be disposed of correctly.

A spokesman for the borough council said they were looking for any information relating to suspicious vehicle movements seen in the area around Sunday July 28 and Monday July 29.

“We are aware of the issue and it has been passed onto our specialist contractors to deal with,” the spokesman said.

“In this case it was reported to us on Tuesday July 29 so probably appeared either on Sunday night or some time on Monday.

“There is very little indication as to where this came from and who left it there.”

Surrey Wildlife Trust said it was also aware of the asbestos, and warned of the dangers of fly-tipping in general.

“Asbestos fibres are so small that they cannot be seen by the naked eye or even by normal household microscopes, but when asbestos is dumped and released into the environment it contaminates the air, where it can be inhaled, water, where it can be ingested, and soil,” a spokesman for the trust said.

“Asbestos dust can easily travel for long distances in the air before it settles into water or on top of soil, thus contaminating areas far away from its source.

“The small asbestos fibres remain intact in air, water and soil. It does not break down or biodegrade.

“The fibres do not absorb into the soil and instead sit on top of the soil, where it can easily be disturbed and redistributed into the air, which will have an impact on native flora.

“It can also settle on the surface of the soil instead of getting absorbed into the ground, which means that it can still get picked up by the wind and inhaled into human lungs, which pose the biggest risks.

“Fly-tipping can be harmful to wildlife and the environment, as animals can get stuck inside discarded waste, and chemicals in items such as paint, battery acid and pesticide and leach into the ground and waterways.

“It can crush wild flowers and may introduce non-native species that may take over the natural environment,” the spokesman said.

“Even the most innocent dumping of a few grass clippings encourages others to do the same.

“This can result in household refuse also being dumped.”

Up until February this year, there had been more than 5,600 incidents of fly-tipping reported in Guildford in the previous five years.

Asbestos must be removed by a licensed company, and in Guildford some types can be disposed of at the Guildford Community Recycling Centre at Slyfield Industrial Estate.

For anyone who finds fly-tipping or suspects waste to contain asbestos, the advice is to notify the local authority, which can be contacted by calling 01483 505050.

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ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson wants help for Kambah asbestos house residents

ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson wants help for Kambah asbestos house residents

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Mr Hanson said some of these measures should be made available to the Kambah residents and if there are going to be solutions for the loose-fill homes then these further six homes should be included.

Mr Hanson said some of these measures should be made available to the Kambah residents and if there are going to be solutions for the loose-fill homes then these further six homes should be included. Photo: Rohan Thomson

ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has called for the residents of the six asbestos homes in Kambah to be treated just like the victims of Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos in the territory.

Mr Hanson – who has taken up the homeowners’ plight with the ACT government – said the residents should be included, where appropriate, in the measures the ACT government implements for the affected Mr Fluffy residents.

“It’s a real tragedy for the owners of these homes just like it is for the owners of Mr Fluffy homes who now face real concerns about their health and real concerns about their financial future,” he said.

The ACT government has in the past couple of months announced assistance for residents living in Mr Fluffy homes including financial help, counselling, and further asbestos testing.


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The data shows that there were at least 41 more homes on the list with Mr Fluffy asbestos than the 1049 that were remediated following the survey.

Data displayed above represents the number of houses per suburb affected, and does not reflect the actual locations of affected homes.

A spokesperson for Workplace Safety Minister Simon Corbell said the list of houses had been taken from the list originally surveyed for loose-fill asbestos.

He said the list of 1049 houses relates to the number of houses that were identified for the purposes of the 2014 mail-out as having been part of the program.

“There are many reasons for possible discrepancies between the two numbers, including the demolition of some houses that were originally identified,” the spokesman said.

The suburb breakdown shows that Kambah, Curtin and Pearce had the highest number of Mr Fluffy homes in the territory.

There were 103 homes identified in the Tuggeranong suburb followed by 43 in Curtin and 40 in Pearce.

There were more than 30 Mr Fluffy homes discovered in the suburbs of Fisher, Farrer, Holder, Lyons, Torrens and Weston.

Just under 30 homes were found to contain the dormant danger in Chapman, Duffy, Flynn, Hackett, Melba and Rivett.

The loose-fill asbestos insulation scourge was discovered by assessors more than 30 years ago to have been pumped into ceilings in Belconnen, Weston Creek, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin as well as in inner-south and north Canberra.

Mr Fluffy was pumped into the ceilings of O’Malley, Red Hill and Forrest homes.

It was spread south as far as Tharwa and north as far as Hall, to Oaks Estate and Fyshwick and housing of the ANU.

The list shows that the homes pumped full of the deadly fibres are all over the territory and not only concentrated in the inner established areas.

The survey was conducted to determine how many homes would need to be remediated under the Loose Asbestos Insulation Removal Program, which was carried out between 1988 and 1993.

The federal government spent $100 million removing the insulation in 1049 homes determined to have the substance.

The ACT government wrote to the owners of these homes in February urging them to get an assessment done on the property as residual fibres could be present.

The vast majority of these assessments carried out since the warning have tested positive for remnant amosite within the walls and subfloors.

More than a dozen required the intervention of ACT WorkSafe for short or long-term lockdowns after the asbestos was found in living areas.

The ACT government has started to announce a series of actions it will take to address the concerns of the Mr Fluffy home owners and those who may come into contact with the homes.

This includes the announcement this week that all workers who might be exposed to asbestos complete training by September 30.

About 12,000 workers in more than 64 different occupations will be required to complete asbestos training.

An asbestos taskforce to assist the families affected has also been set up.

Workplace Safety Minister Simon Corbell has said that he does not consider the release of the addresses of Mr Fluffy homes to be the solution to identifying and managing risks associated with the houses in the program.

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Asbestos fibres from fire will have minimal risk to residents







Asbestos fibres from fire will have minimal risk to residents

Secondhand store on Harbour Rd is engulfed by flames.
Secondhand store on Harbour Rd is engulfed by flames. Contributed

ASBESTOS fibres measured around the site of the Boomerang Second Hand store destroyed by fire indicate an acceptable level with minimal risk, according to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Reassuring North Mackay residents and business operators near Harbour Road that the asbestos contamination risk was minimal, a WHSQ spokesman said air quality was being monitored and showed the concentration of asbestos fibres to be less than 0.01 fibres/ml.

“This is an acceptable level and poses minimal risk to residents and nearby businesses from inhaling airborne asbestos fibres,” he said.

“Air monitoring will continue until the roof sheeting has been removed.

“The area around Vines Creek is free from asbestos debris; therefore the creek is unlikely to be contaminated from the building damage.”

The WHSQ spokesman said the building owner was responsible for the management of onsite asbestos and ensuring site safety, and ensured appropriate action has taken place to minimise the risk to anyone working on the site, residents and nearby businesses.

He said the workplace had a register that listed the location of asbestos in the building, including the roof.

Despite government assurances, a Mackay asbestos expert claims asbestos fibre contamination from the damaged warehouse is ongoing; the fibres blowing off the untreated roof remnants.

Brought in by the business owner, Paul Bainbridge, the head of Asbestos Removal Technology Jayson Maskell-Drew said code of practice safety procedures, such as dampening down the asbestos roof, were not being followed.

“The roof should be wetted down and (fibres) contained, but it is not. They (fibres) are blowing around in the wind,” Mr Maskell-Drew said.

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Campaigners celebrate plans to remove asbestos

Campaigners in Holbury celebrate plan to remove deadly asbestos

Daily Echo: Holbury residents in a back garden next to the existing site.

Holbury residents in a back garden next to the existing site.

CAMPAIGNERS in Holbury are celebrating today after it was revealed that a waste disposal firm is planning to move deadly asbestos away from their homes.

Solent Environmental Services (SES) is seeking consent to close an asbestos transfer station in the middle of Holbury and move it to a new site on the outskirts of the village.

The existing facility is near homes, shops and the New Forest Academy – formerly Hardley School & Sixth-Form.

But large metal containers full of asbestos dust will be transferred from Long Lane, Holbury, to Hardley Industrial Estate if the scheme is approved.

The application has been welcomed by ward councillor Allan Glass, who was among those who campaigned against plans to open the current site.

Cllr Glass said: “It means the facility will be shifted away from residents, children walking to school and people visiting the local Co-op store.

“It may not be the best outcome for people living near the industrial estate, but they’ll be further away from the asbestos than those living in the Long Lane area.”

Fellow campaigners include parish councillor Barry Coyston, of Ivor Close, who lives near the existing transfer station.

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He said: “When it leaves we’ll raise a glass and say ‘thank goodness for that’. But while I’m happy it’s moving away from here, I’d like to see it closed down.”

Hampshire County Council, which is due to debate the application on May 21, has so far received five objections to the proposed change of location.

The planning application says: “Solent Environmental now have new offices and are to move all operations to Hardley Industrial Estate.

“Solent Environmental acknowledge that the perception of exposed asbestos is not likely to be welcomed by the community so propose to exceed the codes of practice.”

An SES spokesman added: “The existing transfer station has been operating for a number of years, with no issues being raised by either the Environment Agency or the county council.”

The facility was opened in 2010 despite a huge campaign mounted by people living in Long Lane and Ivor Close.

Critics claimed that cancer-causing fibres might escape into the air, leaving a deadly legacy that could lie undetected for 20 years.

Asbestos is stripped from buildings, including schools and offices, double-bagged using industrial strength material and taken to SES, where it is stored before being transferred to a licensed disposal site.

But bosses at SES have always insisted that people in the area are not at risk.

Contracts manager Ian Chiddicks was once asked if he would be happy living next door to the site himself and replied: “Knowing the facts, yes.”

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Pahlke calls for action on Ipswich&#39;s dangerous pits



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Pahlke calls for action on Ipswich’s dangerous pits

CAMPAIGN: David Pahlke is on a mission to get asbestos in the region’s Telstra pits removed.
CAMPAIGN: David Pahlke is on a mission to get asbestos in the region’s Telstra pits removed. Rob Williams

ROSEWOOD Cr David Pahlke has called on Telstra to remove the asbestos from numerous pits scattered throughout the region.

Cr Pahlke said the asbestos was a threat to young children in particular.

He took the QT to a pit in Karrabin where the asbestos appeared to be flaking off one of the sheets.

“This is one of the pits that supposedly has asbestos in it,” Cr Pahlke said as he stared at asbestos sheets in the pit.

“I showed one of the general managers this pit and took him on a guided tour and showed him a lot of the pits.

“The bottom line is that kids being kids, they like to go on adventures and investigate.

“When they see something broken they like to break a bit off…and then they get into trouble.

“That is the worst thing you can do to asbestos. You just have to read the safety sheets on it.

“I just can’t believe that Telstra is abdicating their responsibility.

“If they can’t manage this, how are they going to manage the NBN?”

Earlier this year then Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten said that between 10 to 20% of the eight million Telstra pits in the nation were thought to have asbestos in them.

In that role he asked Telstra to prioritise the removal of the asbestos.

A Telstra spokesperson told The QT yesterday that asbestos was present in many of the older pits.

“Many of our pits installed prior to the 1980s do contain asbestos,” the spokesperson said.

“Left undisturbed these pits do not pose any danger to the public. If work is required on a pit that contains asbestos it is conducted by a technician who has been appropriately trained in safely handling asbestos.”

Cr Pahlke said he was concerned that the scores of pits that he has photographed in the Rosewood region were not more effectively barricaded.

“I understand that 30% of the pits have asbestos in them,” Cr Pahlke said.

“But all they do is put a gate around it.

“They don’t sign it and they don’t put safety barricading around it.”

Cr Pahlke has been bringing pit in disrepair to Telstra’s attention for three years.

“There are still some going back a couple of years that are not fixed,” he said.

“I want to see them repaired.”

Earlier this year Cr Pahlke took the QT on a tour of the pits where he pointed out the problem.

“They should have a service standard,” he said

“They have been slow to respond.”

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Remembering asbestos victims

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Asbestos scare at Chirnside Park

Should developers let residents know when asbestos is removed? Have your say below

He believed an underground watering system for the golf course used asbestos pipes, and was worried the large earth-moving equipment digging them up would fracture them and release asbestos particles.

The site abuts about 320 residential lots, with three schools – Chirnside Park Primary School, Lilydale West Primary School and Lilydale Heights Secondary College – 1km away.

Mr O’Brien sought an explanation from Yarra Ranges Council but was told to close his windows and doors if worried.

“These blue-clad respirated men are working 50m from some residents’ back fences. If what they are doing is so dangerous, why weren’t we warned?”

Cloverlea Chirnside Park spokesman Rob Weisz said asbestos was being safely removed from the underground drainage pipes from the golf course.

Work was being done in accordance with WorkSafe requirements with daily air monitoring, Mr Weisz said.

A year ago Yarra Ranges Council approved plans by developer CSR Ltd to build at least 550 houses on the former Chirnside Park Country Club site despite a bitter fight by residents to retain it as a golf course.

Edited letter from Barry O’Brien:

For many years we, the residents of Chirnside Park, fought an application by The Chirnside Park Country Club to have the golf course land rezoned so it could be developed as a housing estate.

This was despite the fact that when the suburb was first opened in the 1970s as a “golf course estate” the land in question was given to the residents by the developer as open space so the golf course could be created.

The land was then signed over by the residents to a newly created body, which became the Chirnside Park Country Club.

The title of the land was transferred from the residents to the CPCC and the land became private property.

The golf course was built and for many years residents enjoyed a wonderfully tranquil, almost rural environment, and the golfers enjoyed an attractive eighteen hole course. This was the “park” in Chirnside Park.

But seven years ago the committee of CPCC, with the aid of the developer, applied to the council to have the land rezoned residential. When the residents of Chirnside Park rose up in protest the council rejected the proposal.

While the residents were still celebrating the victory, the State Government overturned the council’s decision. Why or how the government decided to get involved is a mystery.

The government decided the park could be developed and sent the matter back to the council with suggestions for a string of amendments.
The new council voted and allowed the development to proceed. The destruction of the park began in August this year and for weeks we have listened to the ungodly scream of chainsaws and mulchers as the towering stands of trees come crashing down and are unceremoniously carted away as garden mulch.

Now it is a barren treeless waste with what appears no restrictions on the obliteration.

Last week men in blue chemical hazard suits with respirators appeared among the fallen trees and began using earth-moving equipment to reveal mysterious objects that had been buried underneath the fairways. These men are working 50m from some residents’ back fences. If what they are doing is so dangerous, why weren’t we warned?

Although residents are appreciative of the council’s efforts of saving baby ring-tailed possums, we have been betrayed from the very beginning of this sad saga.

The land which we bequeathed to the CPCC was sold from under us.
The State Government torpedoed the democratic rights of the then-council and eventually the new council and our own elected representatives turned on us.
We are currently searching for a word that adequately describes what has been done to us, but in the meantime the word “betrayed” will suffice.

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