Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THERE has been a lot of talk re­cently about as­bestos in the new hos­pi­tal and how dan­ger­ous it is.

Well, about 50 years ago most of us had wooden pal­ings for fences, but then a new fence came on the mar­ket and we were all en­cour­aged to use it be­cause it looked good, was main­te­nance-free, gave pri­vacy, was strong, durable and would last a life­time.

Many homes used this won­der­ful new fence called "as­bestos".

We were never told of the dan­gers so most of the homes of that time had them in­stalled.

Our fence is more than 40 years old now and show­ing signs of age, split­ting in parts be­cause of tree roots.

What will hap­pen in the fu­ture when the fences will need to be re­placed?

Will we have to pay a spe­cial com­pany to come and re­move, wrap and dis­pose of the fences, and be­cause there are so many fences in the metropolitan area, where would they be buried?

That would cost a small for­tune and I can see neigh­bours ar­gu­ing about hav­ing it done be­cause of the cost.

Is there any­one in author­ity who has ever con­sid­ered this prob­lem be­cause we are sur­rounded with as­bestos in the older sub­urbs?

I know they have re­moved as­bestos from schools and other build­ings but what about fences? DOREEN SAV­AGE, Bel­don.

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