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Legal action launched against Blue Mountains Council over asbestos mismanagement

Safework NSW has launched legal action against the disgraced Blue Mountains City Council over asbestos mismanagement.

Ray Hadley first exposed the council’s extensive failings in November 2017 and has continued to reveal further incidents over the past 18 months.

One such case saw council staff forced to dig up soil at the Lawson Mechanic’s Institute, despite council allegedly knowing it was contaminated with asbestos.

At the time, council claimed, “a person or persons are actively engaged” in framing the council by planting asbestos.

Well, yesterday Safework NSW launched legal action in relation to “eight breaches of the asbestos provisions of the Work Health and Safety Regulation” act.

A whistleblower has leaked an all-staff email from Blue Mountains City Council General Manager Rosemary Dillion sent yesterday.

In it, Ms Dillion claims council “worked tirelessly to address all asbestos management issues…”.

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The council has repeatedly fought claims it mismanaged asbestos, costing taxpayers more than $1 million of ratepayers’ money.

The commissioner overseeing the inquiry says the cost seems excessive… but isn’t investigating it because he hasn’t received any complaints from the public.

Well, Blue Mountains residents, all you just have to do is email your complaint to this address