Months Later, Parks Are Still Fenced Off | West Observer

May 4, 2024 | by magnews24.com

Several areas in Sydney have been found to have asbestos-contaminated mulch, leading to the implementation of safety measures such as barriers and signs to prevent public access to these areas. Transport for NSW has taken action to remediate one of its sites in Telopea, along the Parramatta Light Rail line, while other affected sites near Sydney metro stations like Dulwich Hill, Canterbury, and Campsie remain fenced off. Plans are also in place to remediate sites like the Nowra Bridge Upgrade, Prospect Highway, and Wiley Park.

Penrith City Council is working with a contractor to remove affected mulch in Regatta Park, Emu Plains, which is located within a fenced-off area near a construction site that is inaccessible to the public. Additionally, two affected locations in the Inner West Council area, a garden bed in Rozelle and the WestConnex Site Office in St Peters, have been remediated. The Environment Protection Authority has confirmed that Rozelle Parklands and all schools, hospitals, and healthcare facilities that were found to have asbestos in mulch have been cleaned up and reopened.

The EPA is providing additional support to residential and not-for-profit landowners affected by asbestos contamination. Inspections will be conducted in the coming weeks to ensure that clean-up efforts are in progress or have been completed. Landowners who fail to clean up their sites in a timely manner may face regulatory action from the EPA. The EPA will work with landowners to establish reasonable timeframes for completing the clean-up process, ensuring that all affected areas are properly remediated to protect public health and safety.

The presence of asbestos-contaminated mulch in various locations across Sydney has prompted swift action from local authorities to ensure that affected areas are properly remediated and made safe for public access. Barriers and signs have been erected to prevent people from entering areas where clean-up is ongoing, and plans are in place to address contamination at several key sites. The EPA is closely monitoring the clean-up efforts and providing support to landowners to ensure that all affected areas are promptly and effectively remediated.

Transport for NSW has taken steps to remediate one of its sites in Telopea, along the Parramatta Light Rail line, while other sites near Sydney metro stations remain fenced off but inaccessible to the public. Penrith City Council is working to remove affected mulch in Regatta Park, Emu Plains, while two affected locations in the Inner West Council area have already been remediated. The EPA has confirmed that clean-up efforts have been completed at Rozelle Parklands and other key facilities, and inspections will be conducted to ensure that affected areas are properly remediated in a timely manner.

Overall, efforts are being made to address the issue of asbestos-contaminated mulch in Sydney and to ensure that affected areas are properly remediated to protect public health and safety. The EPA is actively involved in overseeing clean-up efforts and providing support to landowners to facilitate the process. By working together with local authorities and landowners, it is hoped that all affected areas will be effectively remediated and reopened to the public in due course.

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