As­bestos find closes trails

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Sev­eral beach ac­cess trails in Ex­mouth have been closed in­def­i­nitely be­cause of sus­pected as­bestos in the area and au­thor­i­ties are warn­ing the public to keep clear.

In a public no­tice is­sued on the Shire of Ex­mouth web­site and Face­book page last month, Shire deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Keith Wood­ward said a recre­ational trail be­hind sand dunes be­tween the Ex­mouth Golf Club and Town Beach and two an­cil­lary tracks would be closed un­til fur­ther no­tice af­ter a small fire on un­al­lo­cated crown land re­vealed an old dump site “with buried and ex­posed waste”.

“Due to the age of the site and fol­low­ing ini­tial site in­ves­ti­ga­tions, (the dump site) is ex­pected to con­tain as­bestos prod­uct,” he said in the no­tice. “For the safety of the com­mu­nity we have closed the area and alerted the ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­i­ties to carry out fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

The de­part­ments for Health, Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­ment, and Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage have been no­ti­fied.

Mr Wood­ward said the trail clo­sures were a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure to pre­vent peo­ple from en­ter­ing and dis­turb­ing the area while it was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and any as­bestos re­moved.

“The area will re­main closed un­til the rel­e­vant State Gov­ern­ment agen­cies have been able to as­sess the site and de­ter­mine the ap­pro­pri­ate course of ac­tion,” Mr Wood­ward said.

Any­one with ques­tions or con­cerns about the as­bestos or clo­sures should con­tact the Shire’s en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cer on 9949 3000.

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