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A RECENT program update from the NSW Loose-fill Asbestos Implementation Taskforce shows Queanbeyan with the highest number of homes affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation (Mr Fluffy) in NSW.Of the 3554 households registered for inspection in the Queanbeyan-Palerang area, 1560 tests have been completed and 61 of those houses have been found with asbestos.
Council Administrator, Tim Overall says: “It is no surprise that the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area has the highest number of affected homes given its close proximity to Canberra, where Mr Fluffy operated for more than 10 years.”
“Queanbeyan-Palerang now has seven individual homes which are waiting for demolition as part of the NSW Government’s Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program.
“Demolition of these homes is due to occur early next year. The Taskforce will be engaging specialist, licensed removalists to carry out the removal of the loose asbestos and subsequent demolition of the homes in accordance with a control plan.”
Home owners have the option to either sell their house and land to the NSW government, who then will clean the site and re-sell the land, or sell just their home, which means the land will be returned to them after the clean up, allowing owners to rebuild at their own expense.
The seven Queanbeyan-Palerang Mr Fluffy homes have been sold, vacated and boarded up and with perimeter fencing installed.
Residents who have registered and have not had their inspection can ring the Taskforce on 137788