AN ASBESTOS mine near Barraba has been deemed to have a low health risk to neighbouring communities, a government inquiry has found.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment commissioned an air monitoring and health risk assessment on the site of the former Woodsreef mine, and following more than three years of research, the full findings were released to the public this week.
The report found there was little ongoing risk.
“It is concluded that the long term public health risk is likely to be negligible to low, for potential asbestos exposure arising from the abandoned mine site for adjacent communities and to members of the public that may have intermittent access adjacent to the mine site,” the report said.
Members from the taskforce set-up to handle the mine’s rehabilitation will be available in Barraba, in the coming weeks, to talk with community members about the assessment findings.
The consultation sessions will be held at the Playhouse Hotel, kicking off on Wednesday, August 8.
The demolition and containment of the stockpiled asbestos at Woodsreef was finalised in June 2015.
Consultation sessions will be held at the following times:
- August 8 at 2-5pm and 6-8pm
- August 9 at 8-11am
- August 14 at 2-5pm and 6-8pm
- August 15 at 8-11am