February 18, 2019

A decade on: Queanbeyan still left with asbestos mess

More than 10 years after a $100 million clean up of asbestos was completed in the ACT, it is still an issue in Queanbeyan.

The Canberra clean up was funded by the Commonwealth, but it did not extend to Queanbeyan.

Mayor Tim Overall says it has been difficult to get solid data on the extent of the problem.

“While some homes have been cleaned up over the years by home owners, home owners are under no obligation to tell council about their properties and we don’t have exact numbers,” he said.

Mr Overall says there are measures in place to clean up any remaining asbestos in homes but the responsibility lies with the owners.

“If you’re intending to buy a house built before the 1980s then you need to check as part of the building inspection for loose-fill asbestos, as well as asbestos cement sheeting,” he said.

“It’s absolutely necessary those checks are made.”

But the NSW Department of Health says asbestos in Queanbeyan homes will have virtually no impact on the wellbeing of people living in them.

The department says the presence of asbestos would affect around 1 in 100,000 people, as long as it is left undisturbed.


A decade on: Queanbeyan still left with asbestos mess