Asbestos removed from our schools


ASBESTOS remediation work has been undertaken at four Clarence Valley schools after an audit of NSW schools by the NSW Department of Education and Training.

Baryulgil, Copmanhurst and Tabulam primary schools, along with Grafton High School, have all undergone some asbestos removal since 2003.

A statement from Education and Training minister Carmel Tebbutt said the removal was carried out by independent licenced experts after audits and monitoring of schools was completed.

"We have a rigorous system of asbestos removal and monitoring to ensure no student's health is put at risk," she said.

"Any new instances are immediately investigated and appropriate action quickly taken to rectify the issue."

As a result of the audit, 215 schools throughout NSW have had asbestos removed at a cost of $11 million since 2003.

Copmanhurst Primary School P&C president Stephen Whitton said a small amount of asbestos was removed from an embankment and enclosure around the school's tennis courts in 2004.

Mr Whitton said parents and students were kept informed throughout the entire process and were extremely happy with the result.

"The area was closed off and the asbestos was removed very quickly," he said.

"We were very happy with the way it was handled and we were totally satisfied with the outcome."

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