Asbestos illegally dumped in carpark of Kadina Park, Goonellabah.
Asbestos illegally dumped in carpark of Kadina Park, Goonellabah. Patrick Gorbunovs

Asbestos left at kids' park

A PILE of asbestos dumped illegally in a popular park has put the public at risk and angered Lismore City Council.

A family stumbled across 12 sheets of asbestos fencing in Kadina Park's lower carpark while walking their dog on Wednesday afternoon.

The park is regularly used by families and Kadina High School is situated across the road, prompting the NSW Department of Education and Training to warn the school's students and their parents to keep away from the site yesterday.

Council has taped off the site and erected a warning sign to notify the public while a contractor is arranged to dispose of the asbestos properly.

Council's environmental health compliance officer Stuart Thomson was angered by the illegal dumping.

"It looks like someone's renovated their fence and just dumped it there," he said.

"Asbestos isn't an expensive product to dispose of, so I don't know why they didn't just take it to the waste facility."

The asbestos would have cost an estimated $40 to dispose of legally at Wyrallah Rd Waste Facility.

Mr Thomson said fragments of the fence had broken off in Kadina Park carpark and put the public at risk.

"As we know, it only takes one little bit to get down into someone's lungs to have a detrimental effect," he said.

"That park is a kid's play area, so there's the potential for them to be exposed to it at that particular location."

In a separate incident, low levels of asbestos were recently found in mulch produced by Tenterfield's Sunnyside Loop Waste Transfer Waste Station.

Tenterfield Shire Council has told locals to keep mulch damp and away from pets and children until an investigation is conducted.

Mr Thomson urged anyone with information about the Kadina Park incident to contact council on 1300 878 387.

 

HOW TO GET RID OF ASBESTOS

  • Asbestos waste must be wrapped in plastic and taped off.
  • Waste facilities must generally be given 24-hours-notice before asbestos is dropped off.
  • Asbestos costs around 27 cents a kilo to dispose.


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