Asbestos found in our schools

ASBESTOS is present in 15 Tweed public schools and TAFE institutions, according to a new report.

In an investigation conducted by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET), more than 2200 schools in the state were found with some form of the potentially-deadly building material.

Tweed River High School, Tweed Heads Public School, Tyalgum Public School, Murwillumbah Public School, Murwillumbah East Public School, Murwillumbah High School, Murwillumbah Campus (TAFE), Kingscliff High School, Kingscliff Public School, Uki Public School, Burringbar Pub- lic School, Crystal Creek Public School, Murwillumbah South Infants School, Cudgen Public School and Banora Point Public School all have some form of asbestos but in small quantities and good condition.

Murwillumbah South Infants and Crystal Creek schools have been given specific site management plans to deal with their asbestos.

The plan for Crystal Creek Public School details a toilet block with potential buried asbestos cement fragments. The risk status and control priority is low, which means it poses a low health risk provided the substance remain undisturbed. An annual inspection is also recommended. For Murwillumbah South Infants School, the sub-floor of the office has disused fibrous cement with a low-risk and control priority.

The registers for individual schools reveal the location of any known asbestos-containing materials on school grounds.

NSW DET deputy director-general Alastair Hunter said the vast majority of materials containing asbestos are safe. He said no school students or staff members are in danger because the low-level asbestos poses no health risk if left undisturbed and in a sound condition.

The asbestos was found mostly in ceilings, walls and floors.

Newer Tweed campuses Banora Point High School, Centaur Public School and Kingscliff campus (TAFE) had no recorded levels of asbestos.

n The asbestos registers are available at all Tweed public schools or online at www.det.nsw.edu.au.



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