Asbestos concerns have struck Bellevue Hill once again, after a fragment of fibro material was discovered at a local primary school’s children’s playground.
Bellevue Hill Public School issued an email to parents last week, alerting them of the asbestos discovery. This is the second time this year that the playground has been investigated for asbestos contamination. In March, similar small fibro fragments were discovered at the site.
An Education Department spokeswoman said the playground will be closed off to students until further notice.
Anna Starostina’s children frequently use the playground. She said “It came as quite a shock to hear it had happened again because we had been assured by council that the site had been cleared,” she said.
“It hasn’t been that long since it happened the first time- I just hope something hasn’t been overlooked, because this material is just sitting on the surface, right where the kids play.”
Asbestos tests on the most recent sample were revealed to be positive for asbestos.
A council spokeswoman said that given the isolated fragment had been safely removed and with further investigation of the site under way, there was no need to close the playground at this stage.
“We will take advice from the consultants and if we need to take further action we will,” she said.
“If we are advised of any risk to public safety we will move quickly to close the playground.”
Woollahra Council will conduct weekly inspections of all its park and recreation sites.
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