Push for asbestos education guide

An asbestos education guide is in the works.
An asbestos education guide is in the works.

Wollongong City Council plans to develop a list of asbestos disposal companies that can advertise their services on the council's website.

The council will also endorse an asbestos education program developed by the Asbestos Education Committee, if recommendations put to Monday's council meeting are adopted.

Cr Jill Merrin said measures to educate Wollongong residents on asbestos disposal and removal should have been in place already given the council resolved to produce an education guide and carry out a publicity campaign for it last September.

"All of the councillors were unanimous in expressing their concerns about the effects of asbestos on people's health and believed council should and could do more to protect the health of Wollongong residents."

Cr Merrin originally put forward a motion last August that a report investigating the possibility of collecting and disposing of the dangerous waste at the Whytes Gully tip be tabled.

A further study by consultants found establishing a disposal or transfer station at the site was not feasible due to size and time constraints and a projected loss of $1.76 million in the first year.

Cr Merrin said she would like to "strengthen" some of the recommendations at Monday's meeting.

"I'll be promoting going back to the transfer station and continuing to carry out the resolutions of a year ago about an education guide and a publicity program," Cr Merrin said.

The recommendations include providing a link to WorkCover's listing of licensed asbestos disposal contractors on council's website.

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