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Damaged fibro sparks asbestos concern

Wednesday February 27, 2013 - 13:11 EDT

There is mounting concern on the mid north coast about asbestos risks from storm damaged fibro homes and businesses.

Winds with gusts of up to 125 klm an hour swept through the region over the weekend.

Many older structures along the north coast are built from fibro-cement which contains asbestos.

Bellingen resident Donna Lynne Verrall said a house she rents was badly damaged but she can't get any help to clean-up the dangerous material.

"We've had a huge tree that's gone through one fibro half of the house and we have a lot of fibro sitting around outside," she said.

"Council referred me SES.

"The Firies were here all day Sunday.

"They could hose out every other house.

"We've still mud downstairs because they couldn't hose us out due to the asbestos, the fibro breakage."

Ms Verrall said she has not had any help to clear fibro from a house she rents in the town.

She said four days later sheets of broken asbestos are sitting on her lawn.

"The fibro is over 20 years old we can't get anyone to touch it," she said.

"There's been noone organised to handle it.

"We did have a demolition team arrive yesterday who were doing quote.

"Council referred me to SES for them to remove it but they haven't arrived.

"They're inundated with a lot of other things I presume.

"But we can't clean it because of health risks."


- ABC

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