Asbestos fears in Williamstown
Asbestos fears in Williamstown

Williamstown residents say that their children are at risk due to the way Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines have handled the discovery of asbestos on four vacant lots on Brownhill Road.

The asbestos was discovered after City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder rangers ordered KCGM, in November, to clean up a number of fire hazards on the properties.

Contractors employed by the Super Pit operator have spent the past week working at the site, which has a large amount of visible asbestos lying around.

Williamstown resident Paul Harris said he was concerned for the welfare of his family and neighbours, as well as the workers being exposed to the deadly material.

“They are meant to be clearing a fire hazard, so they are taking precautions to deal with those risks, and not the risks associated with asbestos,” Mr Harris said. “There is nobody supervising this work and, as a result, it’s not being done properly.”

A KCGM spokesperson said work was halted on the site as soon as the presence of asbestos was brought to the company’s and the city’s attention.

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Asbestos fears in Williamstown