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Mulch Used For Perth Transport Project Found To Contain Asbestos

Mulch Used For Perth Transport Project Found To Contain Asbestos identified during the Perth Railway Project.

Documentation received by ABC reveals approx 10,000 sq/m of contaminated soil used meters away from houses, contains asbestos.

Residence near the intersection of Russell Road and the Kwinana Freeway have been placed in close proximity to the asbestos, during the construction of the Russel Road Bridge duplication.

The soil was used by a contractor working on one of Perth’s major transport projects.

“A Main Roads contractor has used mulch containing asbestos while working on a major project in Perth’s southern suburbs.

A document obtained by the ABC revealed Georgiou Group mulched approximately 10,000 square metres of the Russell Road bridge duplication site, near the new Aubin Grove train station, over the past three months.

Main Roads said tests showed the mulch contained small traces of non-friable asbestos, and therefore did not pose a public risk as fibres had not been released or become airborne.

The mulch has since been removed.

Resident Bert Russell, 77, said the mulch was placed five metres from his Twilight Mews property.

He became suspicious when he saw workers wearing face masks and gloves removing the mulch on Wednesday, and queried the matter with the Public Transport Authority (PTA).

“If I hadn’t have put my head out the back door and seen this and been alert that something was wrong, then it’d have been swept under the carpet. No-one would have known anything about it,” he said.

Mr Russell said a contractor visited him a short time after he called the PTA, and the worker confirmed the mulch had a “low risk” of asbestos.

He said he had not received any other communication from authorities.

“I don’t know how bad it is. My grandkids can no longer go out there. Other kids in the street as well,” he said.”

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For full story, go to http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-18/asbestos-laden-mulch-used-for-perth-transport-project/8036440