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Free testing for Loose-fill asbestos insulation in Berrigan Shire


Homeowners in the Berrigan Shire Council local government area will be able to register for free sample testing for loose-fill asbestos insulation for a limited period.  NSW Fair Trading’s loose-fill asbestos insulation Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program has completed 1,097 tests in Berrigan, identifying 20 properties with loose-fill asbestos.  

Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli MP said that the Government was re-opening the registration for free testing in the Berrigan Shire to ensure property owners in the area would have every opportunity to take part in the Program.  “We’re giving eligible homeowners, who have not yet contacted NSW Fair Trading, until 25 August 2017 to register for the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program,” Mr Piccoli said.  “We are particularly interested in eligible residents in not just Finley, but Berrigan, Tocumwal and Barooga to register with the program and take advantage of the free sample testing.

“Should their property be confirmed to contain loose-fill asbestos insulation, homeowners will be able to access financial assistance and will have the option of selling it to the Government.”  Residents can also register and speak to NSW Fair Trading staff at information stands to be held at: 

Library drop-in sessions:

·         Tuesday 1 August, 9.30am – 4pm, Berrigan Library, 54 Chanter Street, Berrigan

·         Tuesday 15 August, 9.30am – 4pm, Tocumwal Library, 67 Deniliquin Street, Tocumwal

·         Wednesday 16 August, 9.30am – 12pm, Finley Library, 223 Finley Street, Finley


Information stands:

·         Wednesday 2 August, 8am12pm, Outside Finley Bakery, 127 Murray Street, Finley

·         Saturday 5 August, 8am12pm, Finley Famers Markets, Railway Park Endeavour Street, Finley

·         Thursday 10 August, 9am3pm, Outside Berrigan IGA, 81 Chanter Street, Berrigan

·         Monday 14 August, 8am2pm, Outside Fee’s Coffee House, 16 Vermont Street, Barooga

·         Wednesday 16 August, 1pm5pm, Berrigan Dawmac Trade Show, 14 Chanter Street, Berrigan

The NSW Government has now tested more than 46,000 properties across the state for loose-fill asbestos insulation, with 139 properties identified to contain loose-fill asbestos.        83 properties have been acquired by the NSW Government and demolition has commenced on 29 properties, while 15 sites have been remediated and removed from the public register.

Registrations for free sample testing in Berrigan Shire local government area will be available until 25 August 2017. More details and registration are available by visiting or calling Service NSW on 1300 784 379. 

Contacting Council

Office: 56 Chanter Street, Berrigan.
Office hours are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Monday to Friday.
(03) 5888 5100
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Post: Berrigan Shire Council
56 Chanter Street
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