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Asbestos awareness

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Asbestos awareness

Asbestos: Are you playing renovation roulette?

Asbestos Awareness WeekMarrickville Council is supporting Asbestos Awareness Month from 1–30 November 2014.

As many as one in three Australian homes contain asbestos. Marrickville citizens are reminded of potential dangers, especially at this time of the year when many residents are undertaking home maintenance in preparation for the holiday season.

Any house or apartment built or renovated before the mid 1980s (even brick) will most likely contain asbestos in some form. As well:

  • Asbestos is not restricted to fibro homes – it can be found in brick, weatherboard or cladding in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, garages, ceilings, behind tiles and under carpet or linoleum.
  • Australia has one of the highest incidences of asbestos-related cancers in the world.
  • With one in three Australian homes containing asbestos, the 'Third Wave' of victims will be homeowners and families exposed to asbestos fibres during home renovations or maintenance.

Australia has one of the highest incidences of asbestos cancers in the world. Asbestos is of particular concern to Marrickville residents because of the high number of older dwellings being renovated in the area.

Marrickville Council already ensures every Development Consent includes an Asbestos Fact Sheet. The fact sheet can be downloaded here:

Model Asbestos Policy for NSW Councils

Marrickville Council hosted the launch of the Model Asbestos Policy for NSW Councils on Monday 26 November 2012. The Model Asbestos Policy which assists individual councils develop a comprehensive and compliant asbestos policy for their councils.