No as­bestos in Waiora of­fices

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Swab test re­sults from in­di­vid­ual of­fices in Waiora House have come back neg­a­tive for as­bestos, mean­ing any ex­po­sure to of­fice work­ers is likely to have been min­i­mal.

The swabs were taken af­ter el­e­vated lev­els of as­bestos were found in cor­ri­dors and shared ar­eas, forc­ing the build­ing’s clo­sure in Au­gust un­til re­me­dial work could be un­der­taken. Taupo¯ District Coun­cil fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Gar­reth Robin­son said the re­sults were ex­tremely pos­i­tive. Con­trac­tors Ward De­mo­li­tion had be­gun re­mov­ing as­bestos from the ceil­ing — the likely cause of the el­e­vated lev­els.

“The site is a highly con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment with the build­ing sealed and in­ter­nal neg­a­tive pres­sure be­ing used,” he said. The re­moval is likely to take about 14 weeks. The coun­cil has found al­ter­nate premises for the com­mu­nity groups and agencies forced to re­lo­cate.

Fam­ily Fo­cus, Ana­mata Cafe´, Tipu Ora, Youth Ser­vices and the Waiora Com­mu­nity Trust man­ager’s of­fice are now on the first floor of 28 Heuheu St. Taupo¯ Com­mu­nity Food­bank/Women’s Refuge and the Taupo¯ Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bu­reau have moved to 107 Ta­ma­mutu St and DHB Lac­ta­tion Con­sul­tants will be open­ing in Of­fice 7 of the Tauhara Wing of Waiora House from Oc­to­ber 1.

Preg­nancy Help is now at 65 Lake­wood Drive (In­spire Church), and REAL Youth Men­tal Health is at 111 Tu¯whare­toa St.

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