A number of properties in the Finley area will undergo preparations for demolition from this week under the NSW Government’s loose-fill asbestos insulation Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program. The NSW Government announced the program on 29 June 2015. It is being overseen and implemented by NSW Fair Trading.
Loose-fill asbestos was used as insulation in NSW homes during the 1960s and 70s, and the NSW Government has determined that demolition, comprehensive site remediation and disposal are the best ways to ensure the health and safety of the NSW community.
Loose-fill asbestos has been confirmed as present in a number of properties in the Finley area. After purchasing either the home or entire property from the owners, the government is now entering the demolition phase for nine of these affected buildings.
From this week, site preparation work will begin at the properties. Access will be cleared to the affected structure, which will then be covered in an air-tight plastic encapsulation. This will be followed by removal of the asbestos; actual demolition of the property; and remediation of the affected area to ensure no loose-fill asbestos insulation remains. For each property, this process will take eight to 16 weeks, depending on issues such as inclement weather.
Affected neighbours have been provided with information about the demolition, and ongoing discussions have been held with relevant regulatory authorities. Community information days will be held at Finley Library on:
• Wednesday 1 February (12 noon to 5pm);
• Friday 10 February (10am to 5pm);
• Wednesday 22 February (12 noon to 5pm).
For more information about the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program, please visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.