Council foots bill for clean-up

THE FRASER Coast council will have to foot a $9000 bill after the discovery of asbestos at a Hervey Bay sports ground.

A $180,000 project to build a new cricket ground at the Walkers Road sports reserve came to a halt after rubble containing asbestos was illegally dumped on the site.

Fibro sheeting, which had been hidden under a pile of dirt and builders rubble, was disturbed when the material was spread as part of earthworks to form a new oval and earth mound seating.

Once the asbestos was discovered the council, in consultation with the cricket club, immediately shut the worksite and engaged licensed contractors to remove the material.

The top 100mm layer of soil will be removed from the oval and replaced today. The contaminated material will be buried at the council's landfill site at Saltwater Creek Road. People in special suits will then walk the oval to ensure no asbestos material has been left behind.

The council estimates the cost to remove the asbestos and replace the contaminated soil will be $9000.



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