All asbestos nearly removed

SAFETY FIRST: Whyalla City Council says all asbestos should be removed from Bevan Crescent by next week.

SAFETY FIRST: Whyalla City Council says all asbestos should be removed from Bevan Crescent by next week.

Whyalla City Council says by about next week all asbestos should be removed from Bevan Crescent.

In late July, after a long running saga – Whyalla City Council obtained the land were Bevan Crescent Primary School once operated.

A settlement between Whyalla City Council and the Commonwealth Government allowed the council to seek tenders for the removal of asbestos and its demolition.

Whyalla City Council manager city services Edwin Dearham said three buildings had all of their asbestos removed and a further two should be finished “about early next week”.

Mr Dearham said the contractor – Old Red Brick Co, based in Adelaide, had been working “very well” and had been handling the asbestos as required.

He said Old Red Brick Co had been fulfilling all of its requirements with the council and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

“At present we have been very happy with how things have been moving and they have been very efficient,” Mr Dearham said.

“This is not something you can play around with because asbestos removal is a tedious task.”

Mr Dearham said once asbestos had been removed it was transported to Whyalla tip to be disposed of correctly.

He said there were special requirements at the tip that the EPA had monitored for the correct disposal of asbestos.

“My understanding of it and I’m not a tip manager is that they dig a hole, put the asbestos in the hole, it then becomes an agreed asbestos hole and I presume they cover it,” he said.

“It’s been going well and I will be very happy when the last bit of asbestos is removed.”

Mr Dearham said he expected the completion of the asbestos removal and demolition of Bevan Crescent Primary for a proposed date of December12, however it could be a week or so later.