26 September 2023

NCA to clear city sites of asbestos

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The National Capital Authority (NCA) is to begin remediation works at seven localised sites along the western foreshore of the Acton Peninsula following the discovery of asbestos in March.

Announcing the works, the NCA said the contaminated area was fenced off earlier this year and regular air monitoring was commenced following the discovery.

“The tests have consistently returned negative for asbestos in the atmosphere, meaning it is not airborne and air quality is safe,” the NCA said.

“Contractors will remove the layer of contaminated soil and replace it with clean material,” it said.

“Once the areas are certified by the experts as safe, the temporary fences will be removed.”

The NCA said works would then follow along the eastern foreshore where the contaminated soil would be capped.

It said fencing would remain in place to minimise cycle and foot traffic so as not to disturb remediation activities.

“The NCA will take advice from the experts regarding when to remove the fencing,” the Authority said.

“In the coming days, the public can expect additional signage to go up around the fenced areas.”

It said signage would also be placed at the commencement of the bush track at West Basin to detour visitors away from the bush track and onto paved paths towards the National Museum of Australia (NMA) and Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

“Both institutions will remain open for business,” the NCA said.

“The NCA will continue to conduct air quality inspection on the whole peninsula during the remediation process to ensure it continues to remain safe.”

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