The ACT Government is throwing its hands in the air with the big asbestos finds on Mount Stromlo:
Investigations and rehabilitation activities regarding the discovery of asbestos containing material (ACM) found on two sections of the main trunk mountain bike trail at Stromlo Forest Park are continuing.
Testing was conducted earlier this month and the results of these tests confirm the presence of bonded asbestos in the soil. All visual fragments have been removed by a licensed asbestos removalist.
The section of the trail where the asbestos was found is on land owned by the Australian National University (ANU), which is used by Stromlo Forest Park in accordance with a memorandum of understanding. Rehabilitation activities in this area will continue to be managed by ANU.
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The first stage of this process is the permanent closure of the section of the trail between ‘Red Rock’ and ‘Tall Trees’. The area will be fenced off and revegetation activities will commence.
No hazardous material was found on the trail running from Tall Trees to the water tanks and this section of track will reopen immediately.
Work will also begin immediately to build a temporary trail running parallel to the Mt Stromlo road so riders can access the summit and Scope Cafe.
Mapping will be undertaken to permanently re-route the tracks around the affected area so that riders can enjoy full access to all of Stromlo Forest Park (over 60 kilometres of trails) in a safe environment.