EXCLUSIVE: asbestos found at Scarborough foreshore redevelopment


The area where asbestos fragments were found. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482592
The area where asbestos fragments were found. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482592

UPDATE, May 11: The City of Stirling is still investigating asbestos found at the Scarborough foreshore redevelopment.

According to a spokeswoman, early investigations showed no contamination but assessments are continuing.

EARLIER:

ASBESTOS has been found at the Scarborough foreshore redevelopment.

Scarborough resident Matt McIntosh discovered the fragments in a publicly accessible sandy area at the beachfront on Thursday.

As a contaminated lands consultant for ARC Environmental, he suspected the pieces were asbestos and reported it to the City of Stirling, which fenced off the site.

Test results today confirmed two fragments found in the area northwest of the clock tower near the contained asbestos.

Mr McIntosh was concerned about how the materials came to be in the area.

“It beggars belief how this could happen; it looked like demolition rubble to me, not clean fill as it should have been,” he said.

“Theoretically it could be across the whole site and someone should be held accountable.

“As a local resident, the Scarborough redevelopment should be something we should be proud of, so this is extremely disappointing.”

City planning and development director Ross Povey confirmed the pieces contained asbestos.

“However, the pieces appeared to be in good condition and non-friable, which places them in the low-risk category,” he said.

“The City is now in the process of organising a site assessment to investigate further.

“Until this is complete, and the City knows the status of the site, no work or activity will be undertaken in this area.”

Mr Povey said they would keep the public updated as new information became available.

“We would like to reassure those visiting the area that it is safe,” he said.

“The site, which is not generally accessed by the public, will remain fenced off and all of the necessary steps are being taken to manage the situation.

“However, as a precaution, we would ask that members of the public don’t enter the fenced off area.”

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