UPDATE: Lance Holt PS reopened after asbestos fears raised at Fremantle Works Club demolition site

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UPDATE: Lance Holt Primary School has reopened today after it was shut down due to asbestos concerns yesterday.

This demolition of the former Fremantle Workers Club at 7 Henry Street was stopped after concerns were raised over the weekend about asbestos dust coming from the site.

The primary school was closed yesterday as a precaution.

 

EARLIER: DEMOLITION of the former Fremantle Workers Club at 7 Henry Street has been stopped after community members raised concerns about potential asbestos dust coming from the site.

The site, which is in close proximity to Lance Holt Primary School, saw the closure of the school today with children being advised to stay home for their safety.

Concerns were raised over the weekend on Facebook page Freo Massive where residents posted pictures of potential chunks of asbestos sheets.

Works have now been suspended until further notice.

City of Fremantle chief executive Philip St Johnsaid field services officers were on site this morning taking samples of materials at the site and at Lance Holt Primary School.

“We will have those samples urgently tested today and will notify both the demolition contractor and the school of the outcome,” he said.

“We have been in touch with the school principal over the weekend and again today to advise of the action taken and we will continue to remain in contact throughout this process. It is hoped we will have the results of the testing back as soon as possible.”

The school plans to open tomorrow depending on the results of the testing.

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