Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced the composition of her new unhandily named ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce’s Community and Expert Reference Group (CERG).
Paediatrician and former Canberran of the Year, Dr Sue Packer AM FRACP will chair the group which will consist of:
- Ms Brianna Heseltine (Convenor of the Fluffy Owners Residents Action Group and home owner);
- Ms Chris Healy (former Director of the ACT Bushfire Recovery Centre and home owner);
- Mr Chris Redmond (Director of Woden Community Service and home owner);
- Mr Dean Hall (ACT Secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union);
- Mr John Miller (Executive Director of the Master Builders Association of the ACT);
- Mr Neil Evans (Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Industry Association of the ACT);
- Mr Ron Bell (Chief Executive Officer of the Real Estate Institute of the ACT);
- Mr Mark McCabe (ACT Work Safety Commissioner); and
- Dr Andrew Pengilley (Acting Chief Health Officer for the ACT).
“The Community and Expert Reference Group is an important part of our response and will provide direct input into the priorities and work of the Asbestos Response Taskforce,” Katy said.
“The group has been formed to provide an important link to those affected by loose-fill asbestos, allowing the Taskforce to explore issues with direct input from those most impacted, and I expect the CERG will be an invaluable sounding board for the Taskforce.
“I am particularly pleased that Dr Packer has agreed to lead the CERG. She is a respected Canberran who is well-known right across the community as a compassionate advocate, particularly for children, and former Canberran of the Year.
“Although now retired from full time work, Dr Packer continues to work in the ACT Health funded Child At Risk Health Unit,” the Chief Minister said.
“Rather than being a decision making body, the CERG is there to listen to the community and advocate to the Taskforce. One of my main intentions going into the role will be to assist those households and individuals affected by the asbestos insulation issues to get help and support from Government,” Dr Packer said.
It is expected that the first meeting of the CERG will occur within the next couple of weeks.