Parents Fear Asbestos Risk For Bondi Public School Students
Concerned parents reported that trucks containing the deadly material were regularly parked opposite Wellington St school for approximately six months.
Asbestos Removal Sydney owner Wade Rogers confirmed the trucks held asbestos, but said that the school community was safe because the fibres were contained within sheets of cement.
But Bondi Public parent Michelle Stone was horrified at the prospect of these trucks being close to her children.
“In the 21st century, it’s completely unacceptable for any company to allow an uncovered, unsecure truck in a residential zone outside a school, full of bags containing asbestos waste,” she said.
“It is grossly irresponsible and the company needs to act immediately to remove what is a legitimate and serious threat to the health of hundreds of children.”
Another parent Allan Moore reported split open bags, while others were not taped closed.
Upon investigation a ranger found that the asbestos was bonded and unlikely to break down and not considered harmful.
Any potential risk was further decreased by recent rain.
This assessment was supported by a later WorkCover inspection.
“Nevertheless, council and the mayor were very concerned about the presence of asbestos in a public place, and the ranger contacted the truck owner and asked them to move it,” the spokeswoman said.
“The owner of the truck undertook to move it this morning.
“Council is treating the matter seriously and will continue to follow up with WorkCover and the truck owner.”
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