Asbestos has been successfully removed from a pavilion at Leeton Showground in New South Wales. The Leeton Showground Trust has been planning to clear the area of asbestos for some time now however have not had the necessary funds to do so. Leeton Shire Council, being the regulatory body for the building, decided it posed a significant health risk to the community and had all the asbestos removed from the site.
When removing the asbestos from the site, Council met with the NSW Department of Lands to discuss the risk to the public’s health and safety coming into RFL football and netball season. Exposure to asbestos can lead to individuals contracting asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis, asbestos related pleural disease and mesothelioma. While there is mesothelioma treatment available, such treatment is often palliative, and the number of new mesothelioma cases in Australia is expected to peak within the next decade. With this in mind, it’s not surprising Leeton Shire council thought it was necessary for the asbestos to be cleared from this public area.
The area is now safe with all asbestos being removed and there are no longer any health concerns for the community. Resolving asbestos concerns quickly and efficiently is extremely important as Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos related diseases in the world and asbestos exposure claims the lives of many Australians per year