Fremantle boaties concerned over asbestos find


Fremantle boaties concerned over asbestos find
  1. Fremantle boaties concerned over asbestos find
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    Boat owners raise concerns after testing confirms the presence of asbestos in rubble on a groyne near the Fremantle Sailing…
    Western Australia
By David Weber

Boat owners are concerned about the presence of asbestos in rubble on a groyne near the Fremantle Sailing Club.

The asbestos was discovered after a digger operator was engaged by the sailing club to remove debris and dumped material from the "Kalbarri" groyne area on Anzac Day.

Broken piping at the site tested positive for asbestos, and the sailing club roped off the end of the groyne and erected a warning sign.

Concerned locals arranged their own testing, which showed the presence of both white and brown asbestos, and boat owners are concerned about dust that has been blowing from the site since Anzac Day.

Fremantle Sailing Club Commodore Bill Burbidge said the discovery was dealt with swiftly.

"Once we became aware of it, we contacted experts to cart it away," he said.

He said there was nothing to indicate there was anything to be concerned about before the work was carried out.

Building materials have been dumped at the Kalbarri groyne for some time.

Pieces of fractured pipe on the groyne, amongst a pile of rusted wire and other rubble. Photo: A warning sign and flags have been erected at the site. (ABC News: David Weber)

But Commodore Burbidge said there were regular efforts to clean up the site, and there had been no issue with asbestos previously.

The site is not easily accessible to the public, with a large steel gate blocking entry to the groyne from Cape D'Orlando Drive, some distance from the warning sign.

However, the ABC spotted two people on the groyne who appeared to have been from the water.

A spokeswoman for Worksafe said the issue had been looked at, and it was believed the sailing club had acted appropriately.

Call for more caution on work…