Popular Kids Park In VIC Exposed To Asbestos In Huge Blunder
Children played in exposed asbestos-contaminated soil that was dumped at a public park in Melbourne, before the council realised its error days later.
According to The Herald Sun, asbestos fragments concealed in a pile of soil from a construction site was dumped at Chelsea Bicentennial Park by Kingston Council, with local woman Tina Gooding saying it was left on the off-lead dog area.
The park has a huge playground, which is a popular spot for children.
Ms Gooding said children played in the dirt in the days before council fenced it off, saying “Kids go up there with their dogs, there were children playing in the dirt,”
The soil was delivered to the park — a former landfill site — in early October as part of an ongoing capping process.
The Kingston Council are working with experts to determine the danger to the public.
Chief Executive John Nevins told The Herald Sun, “Expert advice has stated that, given the type of asbestos cement sheeting found, the risk at the site is zero to very minimal; however, council adopts a proactive and comprehensive response to issues of community safety,”
“Council took immediate action to fence off the affected area and water down the contaminated pile until it was covered.
“The other pile has been fully tested and certified clear from asbestos.”
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Source: The Herald Sun