In his report to council, Manager Water and Waste Greg Richards stated that there are a number of structures around Leeton and surrounding villages that impact on the appearance of our community. Many of these structures possess fibro cladding (containing asbestos) that is in a state of disrepair and presents potential safety risks.
Council’s Director Environment and Engineering Brian Ashcroft said that reducing resident’s exposure to asbestos removing these structures can only be seen as a positive for the overall image and first impressions of our community.
“To add further incentive to the usage of the asbestos disposal pit, Council will also offer all Leeton Shire residents the opportunity to dispose of asbestos for a period of 3 months “free of charge” following the construction of the pit.”
“When you take into account the safety concerns that asbestos presents, particularly to children who are unaware of the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos, the decision to construct an asbestos disposal pit is logical and feasible for Council to support.”
“Council has an absolute responsibility to manage asbestos within its own properties and at the Leeton Landfill. This initiative will hopefully encourage landowners to do the same by address existing issues on their properties.”
Following the construction of the pit, an extensive public awareness campaign will be undertaken to promote the initial 3-month free usage offer.