Asbestos Discovered At Children’s Centre

The deadly building material was found by tree planters who were working at the Greensborough childcare centre.

Areas throughout the children’s centre were cordoned off in order to allow an immediate clean up to be conducted following the asbestos discovery in October. Parents were informed a day later  by letter, that asbestos was disturbed during the tree planting session.

A letter sent to parents the day after the incident said concrete sheeting which contained asbestos was disturbed during gardening works.

The manager of Banyule’s Youth and Family Services, Giovanna Failla, revealed that no asbestos fibres were released into the air and subsequent air-quality tests showed no air-particles were present.

However reports have emerged that some are concerned about the continuous risks to children and staff who have been attending the centre.The allegations even posit that the discovery was covered up and the initially discovered asbestos was not adequately removed.

Banyule Council spokeswoman Fiona Athersmith revealed that a hole was being dug when the asbestos was uncovered.

“As the cement sheet segments were buried in the ground there was no release of fibres into the air and there would have been none in the past while children were in the playground,”  Athersmith said.

She dismissed further concerns of exposure by stating that the centre plans on planting in raised garden beds so as to avoid any below ground digging.

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