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Safe Work to reinspect all Blue Mountains asbestos sites

The ongoing Blue Mountains City Council asbestos saga continues as Safe Work NSW announces they will reinspect sites originally cleared of the deadly material.

Following the discovery of more asbestos at the Springwood depot, that went unreported for two weeks, Safe Work says they will now “re-inspect all other relevant Blue Mountains sites which have been cleared by private assessors.”

The council’s failure to inspect the depot for asbestos when it was reported is a clear breach of a Performance Improvement Order issued in December by NSW Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton.

The order states the council must ensure “there is an adequate mechanism in place which requires the General Manager to take action so that all concerns and instances of possible contravention of relevant Work, Health and Safety, and environmental protection legislation is reported immediately to the relevant regulatory agencies and the Minister.”

The council did not act immediately and took 12 days to respond.

As these new details come to light, Ray Hadley is again calling for Minister Upton to withdraw the lifeline she threw them and suspend the council.

“It is beyond belief. As I said, the Minister gave them another chance.

“The Minister needs to withdraw that chance.

“Minister, a bit of bottle’s required here. Punt them.”

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