As­bestos in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - Mar­ian Faa

AS­BESTOS ex­perts from Work­place Health and Safety Queens­land have told the South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil to stop sup­ply­ing mulch from the Al­lora Waste Trans­fer Fa­cil­ity as an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way.

Re­spond­ing to queries about whether mulch at the fa­cil­ity was con­tam­i­nated with as­bestos, a WHSQ spokesman con­firmed the sup­plier who de­liv­ered as­bestos-con­tain­ing soil to the Col­le­gians Ju­nior Rugby League field and War­wick Cen­tral State School had taken mulch from the Al­lora dump.

“The soil sup­plier and the Al­lora Waste Trans­fer Fa­cil­ity, which sup­plied mulch that was added to the soil, are fully co­op­er­at­ing with WHSQ to de­ter­mine how the con­tam­i­na­tion oc­curred,” the spokesman said.

“With in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tin­u­ing, it isn’t ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment on what ac­tion, if any, will be taken in re­gards to who may or may not have been re­spon­si­ble."

The spokesman con­firmed con­tam­i­na­tion has af­fected at least six dif­fer­ent sites around the South­ern Downs.

“Prop­erty own­ers with con­tam­i­nated soil have been con­tacted and ad­vised the soil is low risk, but to keep it damp un­til fur­ther notice,” the spokesman said.

“Risk to health is neg­li­gi­ble be­cause there were no free as­bestos fi­bre bun­dles vis­i­ble in any soil sam­ple.”

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