Media Release: NSW Councils Leading the Way in Asbestos Management

30 October 2015

November is National Asbestos Awareness Month and Local Government NSW (LGNSW) is supporting the campaign by helping councils build local knowledge and protect their communities.

Asbestos is one of the most dangerous materials widely found in our surroundings – particularly in homes – and Australia has one of the highest incidences of asbestos-related diseases in the world.

“Councils across NSW are delivering asbestos awareness campaigns to ensure that residents and ratepayers are alert to the dangers and know the best ways to manage asbestos,” LGNSW President Keith Rhoades AFSM said.

“LGNSW is working alongside councils to guarantee the community’s safety from this potentially deadly substance.”
Recently, LGNSW has helped ensure that the safety of householders, tradespeople and emergency service workers is a top priority in the management of ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose-fill asbestos insulation.

“As local government’s voice on the NSW Government’s Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Taskforce we are pleased that all 13 of the Taskforce recommendations have been adopted by the Government and that all of these are workable for councils,” Cr Rhoades said.

LGNSW is also holding forums across regional NSW on how to manage the asbestos that occurs naturally in the environment. Cr Rhoades said recent work by Gundagai Shire Council is an example of best practice in this field.

“Gundagai has asbestos-bearing rock running through the centre of town and the council has shown care and initiative to ensure that this does not pose a danger to residents during major main street upgrade works,” he said.  

The Gundagai project has been selected as one of three finalists for the third annual LGNSW Asbestos Management Award sponsored by SafeWork NSW. The other finalists are:

  • Blacktown, Parramatta, Liverpool, Fairfield, The Hills, Penrith, Holroyd and Hawkesbury Councils: Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme
  • Holroyd City Council: Fight the Dust and Asbestos Answers campaign

“These are all terrific projects and I am looking forward to seeing who will win at this year’s LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards when they take place in Sydney on Tuesday 1 December,” Cr Rhoades said.

Media Enquiries
LGNSW President Keith Rhoades AFSM: 0408 256 405
Media, Toni Allan: 0412 774 441