Media Release - Concerns Over Asbestos Leads to Action

In recent months there has been growing media coverage on the issue of loose-fill asbestos insulation, in particular “Mr Fluffy” installations.

The ACT Government has been proactive in recognising the potential health impacts associated with Mr Fluffy, as well as developing a program to ensure that public safety is adequately addressed.

It is only recently that the NSW Government has taken action to address the potential extent of Mr Fluffy installations across the state and in particular the region surrounding the ACT where Mr Fluffy is known to have operated.

The action taken by the State was to provide a free inspection program to residents within selected LGA’s where there was reason to believe the MR Fluffy insulation had been installed.

Unfortunately the initial program did not include the Boorowa LGA.

“With the media coverage that had been surrounding what was occurring within the ACT, I had residents contact me that were concerned they may too have had Mr Fluffy installed on their property around the time it was known to have occurred in the ACT” said Boorowa Council Mayor Wendy Tuckerman.

“Upon investigation I found that our community was not considered by the State to be included in their inspection program which was obviously extremely concerning” she said.

The LGA’s included in the program included Geater Hume, Berrigan, Wagga Wagga, Bega Valley, Snowy River, Cooma Monaro, Eurobodalla, Snowy Mountains, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Yass Valley, Goulburn, Young, Ku-ring-gai and North Sydney Councils.

As a result of concerns within the community Mayor Tuckerman contacted State Member for Burrinjuck Katrina Hodgkinson who quickly responded.

“After writing to Minister Hodgkinson I am extremely pleased with the quick response from her office, that Boorowa has been added to the LGA’s listed as eligible for the inspection program” said Mayor Tuckerman.

The details of the program are not yet known with Boorowa’s Mayor and General Manager, scheduled to meet with representatives from Local Government NSW and WorkCover mid September, to better understand what the program means for the community.

“At this stage we don’t have a lot of detail on the program, just as we are not sure of the extent, if any, of the issue within our LGA” said Mayor Tuckerman.

In the interim, if any residents have immediate concerns they are advised to call WorkCover to seek advice.

Media Release - Asbestos August 2014.pdf (PDF) (34.47 KB)