Camden Pleas for Greater Asbestos Powers

asbestosCamden Council is pleading for  stronger powers in order to deal with  asbestos problems, and to deliver harsher penalties for people who neglect clean up orders.

The plea emerged as the council currently pursues two homeowners whoit claims have thus far failed to remove asbestos that is exposed on their properties.

The council has been in contact with the Camden property owner since a house fire earlier this year uncovered asbestos. The council subsequently contacted the owner and their insurance company to have it removed.

Mayor Lara Symkowiak said the council’s instructions for the asbestos to be removed have since been ignored.

she did not deny the possibility of the council removing the asbestos and recovering its costs from the homeowner.

“This is an extreme situation and is not council’s preferred method of dealing with the matter,” she said.

“The costs associated with the clean up of asbestos can be high and the responsibility for compliance should rest with the owner of the site.

“Council is awaiting a response from the mortgagee for the supply of specialist reports undertaken as part of the investigations on this site to gauge the extent of works that may be required, should the work not be undertaken in the immediate future.

“Council is committed to ensuring the safety of our community, especially where asbestos is involved.”

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Source:http://www.camdenadvertiser.com.au/story/1626665/need-for-powers-on-asbestos/?cs=1184

Asbestos Training: Comm. Minister Says NBN Rollout Targets Being Met

Danger Asbestos Warning SignComm. Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed that the  National Broadband Network (NBN) targets are being met, with over207,000 properties now ready for connection.

At an NBN rollout event, Albanese revealed that over one million homes and businesses are, or are in the process of being, connected to the NBN.

The initial target was for more than 340,000 premises to be ready to connect by the end of June, but that was later reduced to between 190,000-220,000 properties.

Albanese promised that any further asbestos issues in connection with the rollout will be handled with the utmost care.

Albanese stated that any time there is a presence of asbestos in any project, it needs to be managed according to occupational health and safety practice.

“This is not an issue that will be dealt with over a day or a week, this is an issue that is dealt with whenever you deal with infrastructure development.” he said.

“Whether it be a large infrastructure project, such as the National Broadband Network, or whether it be someone fixing up a suburban house who wants to change their car garage.”

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Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-04/federal-government-meets-nbn-roll-out-targets/4800182

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