Eastlake housing to be killed by asbestos?

johnboy 13 April 2011 5

The ABC has a story on vast tracts of asbestos in an illegal dump near Kingston which is threatening the Eastlake project.

The ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) has cordoned off parts of the area but says the asbestos is not a danger if it remains undisturbed.

It is estimated the potential clean-up bill would be between $80 million and $100 million.

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says the project is now in question.

So if it kills off the project we’re just going to leave it there?

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5 Responses to Eastlake housing to be killed by asbestos?
EvanJames EvanJames 2:22 pm 13 Apr 11

… actually musing further, Kingston was being dismantled in the 80s, as they turned it from a cottages with gardens suburbs into a townhouses and apartments suburb. Many of those cottages were fibro, maybe that’s where they ended up.

EvanJames EvanJames 2:17 pm 13 Apr 11

Asbestos removal in the 80s/early 90s was similar in many ways to the pink batts mess recently. Cowboys abounded, lots of unskilled people got hired and paid huge rates to dress in a snow suit and clear the stuff out of houses and buildings.

The owners of the companies that sprung up to do this were there to make money, and expensive and correct disposal of the asbestos, well, the private sector is efficient for a reason.

Pandy Pandy 1:39 pm 13 Apr 11

Asbestos? Blah! Pussies.

Remember Maralinga? It is now safe after the big dig.

Chop71 Chop71 1:21 pm 13 Apr 11

I always thought that area was an over priced swamp, but developed it could be an a way over priced swamp with an asbestos park for the kiddies.

imnotmatt imnotmatt 1:00 pm 13 Apr 11

“So if it kills off the project we’re just going to leave it there?”

I think that’s the general idea, subject to a capping the dump, rather than a full-blown dig out. If you read the rest of the article, it talks of turning the dump into a park, which would significantly reduce the amount of available real estate.

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