Perth – The Asbestos Capital of Australia
Perth is known as the asbestos capital of not only Australia, but of the world. With almost every home built before 1987 containing asbestos. Even after a ban was put on for Asbestos Mining in Australia is the mid 1980’s. Asbestos was still allowed to be legally supplied and installed until 31st of December 2003.
The most shocking statistic is that approximately 98% of residents in Perth are within 1km of Asbestos material.
With the exception of the newer suburbs (first build in the last 10 years) no suburb in Perth has been declared ‘ASBESTOS FREE”. The Asbestos Capital tag has hindered sales in certain suburbs, with buyers requesting all asbestos to be removed prior to settlement.
Almost every street in Perth has building, demolition or renovations being undertaken. More often than not, its the neighbouring houses that are at the greatest risk of airborne dangers associated with asbestos.
As the home owners/occupier one of these house is not present during the works, the next door neighbours and even the house down the street can have their properties showered by asbestos fibres if the asbestos is not removed correctly.
Even if you do everything right when renovating, asbestos can still appears in areas you never thought it would. As long as you are aware, and know the correct steps to take, you will be keeping yourself and your family as safe as possible.
Asbestos pieces can debris can often be found in backyard sand, or under driveways.
It was used to form up concrete work and even old fence sheets used for driveways. The constant driving over and crushing of the asbestos can create a highly unsafe environment.
The estimated total of asbestos in the Perth area is 900kg per house. With over 1,000,000 tonnes of asbestos approximated within the Perth Region.
There has been numerous requests by residents to local councils, causing for subsidised asbestos removal, in the hope to create an “Asbestos Free” community. No projects have been approved at this point.
If you are buying for selling a property, refer to Asbestos – Buying or Selling Your home for all the information you will need.