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  • Steamroller Park, Victoria Street, Cambridge Park

    23 January 2019

    In June 2018 asbestos containing material (ACM) was discovered in the subsurface at Steamroller Park during playground renewal works.

    In the interests of public safety, Council decided to engage qualified consultants to undertake investigations across the site. Unfortunately, and inevitably, this has caused a delay in the playground works. However, more importantly, these environmental investigations have ensured the long term safety of the site for all park users and Council workers.

    The investigations did reveal that areas of the site were impacted by small quantities of non-friable (bonded) asbestos but all of the material was situated underground and therefore did not pose an immediate risk to users. Further, bonded asbestos in good condition does not pose a health risk as the asbestos fibres are bound together, however, Council views any asbestos contamination as a serious matter.

    Council is now in the process of finalising treatment and management strategies for the site, including removing any asbestos containing material from site where required. As this work continues, all NSW Environment Protection Authority and SafeWork NSW requirements will be met and all appropriate controls will be implemented to ensure ongoing public safety.

    When managing asbestos matters such as what is occurring at Steamroller Park, Council needs to take steps necessary to ensure all relevant legislation and State Government requirements are met. In certain circumstances, this can unfortunately take time to work through.

    In relation to the proposed playground works, Council is confident that ground preparation works in the project area will recommence soon and Council’s contractor will be able to move forward with completing the playground as previously planned.

    Penrith City Council takes every asbestos incident seriously. The safety of residents and secure removal of materials is our number one priority.

    Thank you for your understanding and should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 4732 8014.

    Yours sincerely, 

    Adrian Estreich
    Divisional Risk and Compliance Coordinator
    City Assets


    Eileen Cammack Reserve, Evan Street, Penrith

    21 January 2019

    Possible Asbestos material at Eileen Cammack Reserve, Evan Street, Penrith.

    In October, 2018 Council staff discovered materials on the ground surface at Eileen Cammack Reserve, Evan Street, Penrith. Our staff treated this material as suspected asbestos containing material (ACM) and immediately implemented strict procedures to make the area safe.

    At the time, a temporary webbing fence and signage was erected and Council engaged the services of licensed asbestos contractor to remove any ACM identified on the site. In turn, Council also engaged a licensed asbestos assessor who attended the reserve and subsequently provided a clearance certificate for the reserve the next day.

    However, in the interests of public safety, Council decided to engage a qualified consultant to undertake further investigations across the entire site to get a better understanding of any potential concerns that may exist. This proactive step was seen as the best approach to ensure the long term safety of the site for all users and Council workers. 

    These investigations did not reveal any sub-surface concerns in relation to asbestos with only a small amount of non-friable (bonded) asbestos being identified on the ground surface in the southern section of the reserve.

    Bonded asbestos in good condition does not pose a health risk as the asbestos fibres are bound together, however, Council views any asbestos contamination as a serious matter.

    This area was secured and stripped of the topsoil by a licensed asbestos contractor to an approximate depth of 100mm to ensure any remaining asbestos fragments were removed. Unfortunately, this exercise has taken longer than first anticipated due to the large number of severe thunderstorms we have had in recent times.

    In addition, SafeWork NSW has also been kept informed our of progress of the matter and have outlined that they are satisfied with the action taken by Council.

    I am pleased to be able to report that on Friday 18 January a clearance certificate was issued for Eileen Cammack Reserve declaring the reserve safe for use by the community. Now that the remediation works have been successfully completed the fencing will be removed shortly.

    Penrith City Council takes every asbestos incident seriously. The safety of residents and secure removal of materials is our number one priority. 

    Thank you for your understanding and should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 4732 8014. 

    Yours sincerely, 

    Adrian Estreich
    Divisional Risk and Compliance Coordinator
    City Assets

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