Scarborough foreshore site cleared of asbestos contamination

The Esplanade Scarborough. Photo: Martin Kennealey
The Esplanade Scarborough. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A SCARBOROUGH foreshore site is safe despite asbestos being found in the area.

City of Stirling city building manager Paul Kellick said investigations cleared the site of contamination.

“An environmental specialist, engaged by the City of Stirling, has undertaken a site assessment of the site where the asbestos containing material was found and has found no evidence of asbestos contamination,” he said.

“The work was conducted in accordance with Department of Health guidelines and they will be advised of the results.”

Scarborough resident Matt McIntosh, who is a contaminated lands consultant, discovered material fragments on May 3 in a sandy area northwest of the clock tower.

Test results confirmed they contained asbestos but were deemed low-risk as they were in good condition and non-friable.

“I’m very surprised that they didn’t find more asbestos but look forward to reviewing the specialist’s report,” he said.

“The area has been reported to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s contaminated sites branch as a suspected contaminated site so they will also eventually review the consultant’s report, which will add a level of confidence that the investigation has been completed in accordance with relevant guidelines.”

Mr Kellick said the “small amount of asbestos-containing material” found was believed to be historical and noted several environmental assessments were done at the site as part of the redevelopment, with no fragments or asbestos fibres discovered.

“The site will, however, continue to be monitored during the development process,” he said.

“The area is subject to future development although the ground will be turfed or mulched in the short term.

“The fences will be removed when this work is complete.”

The southern hub area adjacent to the surf club was also cleared of contamination.

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