A COMMUNITY meeting at Warialda on Saturday heard details of further allegations of serious asbestos safety issues in the region.
Residents also received updates on the ongoing investigations by the EPA and WorkCover NSW into allegations of unsafe work practices involving Gwydir Shire Council.
Three representatives of the peak asbestos victims organisation, the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia, travelled to the town for the meeting and were joined by senior representatives from WorkCover NSW, the EPA and the United Services Union.
ADFA president Barry Robson said ever since several initial allegations were reported last month, further information had been provided by residents, former staff and local contractors, with an extensive briefing provided to investigators last week.
“While Gwydir Shire Council has attempted to deny allegations about systemic failures in their policies foe safely handling asbestos, so far the independent investigations have resulting in the council being issues with six ‘improvement notices’, outlining immediate changes needed to their management practices,” Mr Robson said.
“Investigators from the EPA and WorkCover have also had further information suggesting there have been repeated incidents that have risked exposing workers and residents to deadly asbestos fibres.”