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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (1 November) . . Page.. 4767 ..


The contractor or subcontractor responsible for the asbestos at Harrison School has not been identified at this time. WorkSafe ACT is leading the investigation into the source of the material.

Schools—asbestos (Question No 1864)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2018:

Has the ACT Government sought legal advice in relation to the asbestos found at Harrison Schools; if so, what date was the advice (a) sought and (b) received.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The Directorate has not sought legal advice in relation to the asbestos found at Harrison School.

Schools—asbestos (Question No 1865)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2018:

(1) In relation to the asbestos found in Harrison Schools, what is the (a) budget of the removal operation and (b) total spend to date.

(2) How will the asbestos be removed from Harrison Schools and what safety risks are involved for students, parents, school faculty, and asbestos removalists.

(3) What date is the asbestos removal operation at Harrison expected to be complete.

(4) What arrangements have been made for external entities or community groups to access and use school facilities, such as school halls, during the asbestos removal operation.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1)(a) The total costs are yet to be determined.

(b) The total costs to date are $78,801.

(2) The asbestos at Harrison School will be removed by licenced and experienced asbestos removalists to an agreed methodology under the superintendency of an independent licenced asbestos assessor. The removal methodology ensures risks to students, parents, school faculty and asbestos removalists are kept to a minimum. The procedure includes air monitoring, the establishment of exclusion zones, decontamination areas, clearance sampling and full control of the site by the managing contractor. No unauthorised persons will be permitted onto the site while works are being carried out.


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