Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has confirmed that the NSW Liberal National Government has extended the registration period for free testing for loose fill asbestos in residential homes, to the 31st August 2018.
The Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program opened to homeowners in the Greater Newcastle region on 2nd July 2018, encompassing Maitland City, Cessnock City, Port Stephens, Newcastle City and Lake Macquarie City Council LGAs.
Following strong community interest and uptake of the Program, and the possible impacts of school holidays meaning homeowners might be away, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation the Hon. Matt Kean MP extended the registration period.
Mr MacDonald encouraged all Greater Newcastle residents to engage with the scheme.
“The scheme is free and it is better to be safe than sorry, I would encourage all Greater Newcastle residents to register for the inspection between now and the 31st August 2018,” Mr MacDonald said.
“I thank the Minister for listening to and responding to community concerns.”
Loose-fill asbestos is raw crushed asbestos, which was installed as ceiling insulation in an unknown number of pre-1980s NSW homes. Over time hazardous airborne fibres can move from the ceiling into living spaces.
Earlier experience in both NSW and the ACT has demonstrated that simply removing loose-fill asbestos from a ceiling cavity does not remove the enduring hazard.
The NSW Government, with input from a range of experts, has determined that demolition, comprehensive site remediation and disposal are the best ways to ensure the health and safety of the NSW community.
For more information visit https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/housing-and-property/loose-fill-asbestos-insulation, call on Service NSW on 13 77 88 or Fair Trading on 1300 784 379.