The President of Australia’s Asbestos Disease Foundation, Barry Robson, along with other asbestos disease campaigners have issued a recent warning. They have appealed to the New South Wales Premier, Minister for Western Sidney, Barry O’Farrell to step in and shut down plans to develop the site of a former asbestos plant in Sydney’s northwest.
The NSW Government is considering a proposal for a waste treatment facility on land at Camellia near Parramatta, once occupied by a James Hardy asbestos manufacturing plant which was demolished. The site was covered with a concrete slab in the late 1990’s.
According to an Australian Broadcasting Company interview of Barry Robson, “It is the most contaminated asbestos bit of land in Sidney” and “hundreds” have contracted mesothelioma from exposure to this site over the years. Plans for development of the site are open for public comment until April 10, 2012.