Asbestos discovery delays Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park upgrade

Date posted: 14 May 2019

Works to transform Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park into an exciting recreation precinct have been delayed following the discovery of asbestos on site.

Council’s Asset Manager, Helen Plummer, said while undertaking works to demolish and upgrade the playground, contractors’ unearthed asbestos at the site.

“Following the discovery, all works on-site were stopped immediately, the site secured and investigations began to determine the level of contamination,” Ms Plummer said.

“We are now working with qualified and trusted contamination consultants to develop a remediation strategy for the management of asbestos at the site. We want to assure the community the site is safe and it is being continually monitored.”

Temporary fencing will remain in place around the playground area while a remediation strategy for the site is finalised and remediation begins.

“While it is unfortunate and disappointing that this contamination discovery will significantly delay the project, I am confident the contamination will be dealt with without putting public safety or the safety of our workers at risk.”

The contamination discovered was below the surface, and is not considered to have presented a risk to public safety prior to the discovery. However, as Council is now aware of the contamination, all necessary steps are being taken to ensure the location is safe moving forward.

Works to complete the barbecue area are expected to be completed in the short-term and this section of the reserve, which is unaffected by contamination, will re-open to the community.

Further updates will be provided to the community as more information becomes available.

Page last updated: 14 May 2019