Report Calls for Asbestos Body in Victoria
by Connor Burke
A report released recently by an Australian taskforce publishing recommendations to the Minister for Environment and Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio has advised that the state of Victoria should set up central body to handle the concerns of asbestos.
The Latrobe Valley Asbestos Taskforce were formed following concern in the local community about the way that the potentially deadly material is handled after two power stations were shut down in Gippsland.
Alongside the suggestion of a central body, the report also recommended the creation of a register to track all asbestos related deaths, new rules to be formed for home owners and how they are to handle asbestos if found on their property and occupational health and safety legislation amendments. The report also leads a call for better education campaigns in the community as well as for compulsory asbestos reports to be shown on the sale or rental of any residential property built before 1990.
The chair of the taskforce, Jane Anderson explained how she was concerned with the lack of a central body that can take responsibility for asbestos in residential areas. “People don’t know where to go for help, and so they can’t readily access the information needed,” She said in a statement “There is no clear line of authority, and it is very concerning that across all sectors of the community, the real impacts and risks of asbestos exposure are not fully understood.”
There were 18 organisations involved in the report including WorkSafe Victoria, three Gippsland councils, unions and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
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