News

Kingscliff asbestos scare hosed down

Asbestos was discovered by contractors working at The Dunes subdivision at Kingscliff.
Asbestos was discovered by contractors working at The Dunes subdivision at Kingscliff. David Carroll

CONCERNS about asbestos-contaminated landfill discovered at a Kingscliff development site have been hosed down by the contractor.

Hutchinson Builders project manager Grant LeBoutillier confirmed asbestos had been uncovered at The Dune development off Pearl St but he rejected any suggestion it posed a threat to the health of Kingscliff residents.

Mr LeBoutillier said the discovery was made soon after work began on the 49-lot subdivision earlier this year.

"We did discover contaminated material buried at depth during the initial stages but we have removed it and remediated the site,” he said.

"Everything was managed in accordance with the asbestos removal plan and in line with the EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) guidelines.”

Asbestos was a popular building material in the 1960s but it has since been outlawed. Breathing in the deadly fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Mr LeBoutillier said some of the contaminated fill had been removed from the site upon discovery while the remainder had been stockpiled before being transported last month to a Queensland storage facility.

Kingscliff resident Jerry Cornford said he was still worried about the health risks after a convoy of trucks had lined up last month to transport the contaminated material.

"There were 20 to 30 trucks backed up ready to move in and cart the contaminated fill up the road,” he said.

"It's not just the nearby residents, potentially the whole of Kingscliff has been exposed to asbestos.”

Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association chair Dot Holdom said while she was aware of the health risks posed by asbestos, the association was satisfied everything had been done correctly to minimise the possible risks.

"Hutchinsons have implemented their plan of management and have done everything they should have,” she said.

Mrs Holdom however warned this discovery of the poptentialy deadly material is unlikely to be the last.

"There is asbestos all over Kingscliff,” she said.

"We will have ongoing effects of asbestos for years to come but if it's not fractured, it's okay.”

Topics:  asbestos dot holdom grant leboutillier hutchinson builders jerry cornford kingscliff kingscliff ratepayers and progress association the dunes subdivision



Dreamworld reopens after 6 weeks in limbo

Visitors go through the doors of Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

Every ride has undergone 'rigorous' program of testing

Captain's youth key to titles

Far North captain Nadi Canning is looking forward to leading the region in the Surf Life Saving NSW Interbranch Championships on the Central Coast this weekend.

2016 Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships

No Murwillumbah ward specialist as changes flagged

Murwillumbah Hospital has no specialist pediatric on site.

Calls for funds to remain to care for children as admissions decline

Local Partners

Join charity for lift-off

Public meeting for people who want to form a group that will hold community events and raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Cooly sings out for carols

Santa gets ready to skydive into the Coolangatta Christmas Carols on Sunday, December 13. Photo: Scott Powick Daily News

Santa dropping in for Christmas Carols at Coolangatta

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Robert Irwin, wildlife photographer

SNAPPER: Apart from wildlife, photography is Robert Irwin's great passion.

Steve's boy has a passion for photography

Louis Tomlinson's tribute to late mother

Louis Tomlinson's new single is a tribute to his late mother.

Gong goes to M'bah duo

Dave Weir and Miya Sapir from Tupenny Opera performing in Mexico.

A night at the opera

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Horse haven on big acreage in Murwillumbah

55 Glencoe Road, Murwillumbah

Check out this week's feature property.

WATCH QTV: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!