Recent Examples of the reach of Asbestos

asbestos-300x249Here at Area 51 Asbestos Brisbane, we are all too aware of the dangers of asbestos. We understand the damage it can do to our bodies, we understand the way it can hide dormant in areas for years and years, and we also understand it is extremely widespread throughout the world.

In today’s blog post, we have decided to put the spotlight on the asbestos by highlighting two recent examples of how asbestos is still affecting whole towns and suburbs years after it was banned.

Case #1 – Darwin Botanical Gardens

Approximately a month or two ago, local citizens in Darwin were shocked to hear that a vast amount of asbestos had been found in the George Brown Botanic Gardens. According to ABC News, the asbestos was believed to have been dumped in the gardens mixed into the rubble that was caused by the devastating Cyclone Tracy. The workers in this area have refused to mown the surrounding lawns since the discovery, and rightly so. When turned into dust form, asbestos is at its most dangerous.

Case #2 – NSW Asbestos Mine

In northern NSW, local residents of Barraba have been protesting for years to get an abandoned mine closed. While this isn’t usually an uncommon thing to hear, there is one big difference about this mine – it’s an open cut asbestos mine. Abandoned in 1983, the Woodsreef Asbestos Mine covers approximately 400 hectares, and has a main road running besides it. Locals say that they don’t like driving past on a windy day, due to asbestos fears. This is a perfectly acceptable thing to think, as it could be incredibly dangerous to go anywhere near that mine until the asbestos is contained.

In today’s blog post, we have outlined two examples of how asbestos is continuing to effect whole suburbs and communities. If you have an asbestos problem in your home or office, please don’t hesitate to give our team at the Brisbane based Area 51 Asbestos a call today on 1800 273 251.