February 23, 2019

House drops and crumbles, exposing asbestos

WITH his house collapsing around him, Woolgoolga resident Ron Harris thought he was experiencing an earthquake.

After making sure his 14-year-old son was safe, he fully expected to go outside and see destruction.

But to Mr Harris’s surprise, his house was the only one affected. Heavy rain last week had drenched the ground, moving the piers and making the house drop more than a metre in seconds.

Making things even worse, Mr Harris was told he could not enter the structure to retrieve any possessions because asbestos had been exposed.

“It hit the deck in about five seconds flat. I heard a creak and then a rumble and the next minute it went bang to the ground,” Mr Harris said.

“Some piers came up through the floor. I’ve got a massive big coffee table and it had completely flipped upside down and in its place I saw this bulge – it was one of the piers.”

With the house his children grew up in gone, he will have to wait and see what can be salvaged, but he said the biggest losses were the Thumpster motorcycle his son spent a year saving for and a ride-on lawnmower he’d spent hours restoring.

The family has spent the first week couch-surfing with friends and have had some help from North Beaches Care, but Mr Harris will have to wait for structural engineers to finish assessing the house before knowing whether he can salvage anything.

Anyone who would like to help can email the Advocate on advocate@coffscoastadvocate.com.au.

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Thanks 2014 Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers Who Led a Year of Change


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines education, advocacy, and community to protect public health and asbestos victims’ civil rights recognizes Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers who were instrumental in the 2014 ADAO year of impact. As the organization plans for its 2015 conference, leadership takes a moment to specifically call out the names of those who have been so pivotal to this year’s success.

“Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’re coming up on our Eleventh Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, Where Knowledge and Action Unite, which will be held April 17-19, 2015 in Washington, DC,” stated ADAO President, Linda Reinstein. “We’ve accomplished so much in the first ten years since ADAO was founded in 2004. We’ve welcomed more than 150 conference speakers from across the globe, presented in 19 countries, and built a network of more than 40,000. We offer a heartfelt thanks to the sponsors of our previous conferences and take this opportunity to particularly thank our 2014 donors and sponsors, who helped us take asbestos awareness to new levels of success. We excitedly look at collaborative efforts that work to end the tragedies associated with this lethal mineral.”

ADAO recognizes its 2014 Sponsors and Donors:

2014 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

  • Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen, LLC

2014 Donors

Alton Miles for Meso Event
Diamond Donor

  • Emily Bankhead

Emerald Donors

  • Tom O’Neil Memorial Donations from Family and Friends
  • Tom’s Friends at the Antelope Club in Clearwater Florida
  • The Trafton and Maude Crandall Foundation
  • The Von St. James Family
  • Jill Cagle

Sapphire Donors

  • Marli Beer
  • Michele Mikulic

Garnet Donors

  • Esther O’Driscoll
  • Paul & Yvonne Hall

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.


Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Kim Cecchini

Media Relations



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