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The Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia is alarmed at reports that the South East Equestrian Club could return to Malabar headland, as the area has not been adequately remediated from asbestos contamination.
A newspaper report today has indicated that the South East Equestrian Club, along with the Malabar Riding School, will be returning to the land, which had previously been transferred to the NSW Government in the form of a new coastal national park and open space.
A Parsons Brinckerhoff asbestos survey and assessment of the area in 2010 identified “significant volumes of fibrous ACM [asbestos containing materials] fragments,” a situation that has not yet been adequately remediated.
ADFA President Barry Robson said “the remediation process needed to be completed before anyone could consider moving back.”
“This site is still potentially contaminated with asbestos and is not appropriate for anyone to be moving back to,” Mr Robson said.
“The Parsons Brinckerhoff survey categorised nearly half the site as a Red Category 1, and another section as Blue Category 2.”
“That means there are dangerous levels of asbestos still on that site.”
“The remediation process, which can involve the removal of the top layer of soil, may seem thorough, but when you are dealing with a substance like asbestos it has to be – because there is no safe amount of exposure.”
“The smallest amount of contact can result in debilitating asbestos-related disease, including mesothelioma.”
“It is not simply not safe for the South East Equestrian Club or anyone else to consider utilising that site at the current time.”
Barry Robson 0407 235 685 / Anil Lambert 0416 426 722