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Old building materials removed from Lake Cathie

Released on: 10 August 2018

Released on: 10 August 2018


Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is advising the community to stay clear of an area on the southern side of the Lake Cathie entrance, due to sand erosion and specifically, the recent exposure of building materials potentially containing asbestos.

The area near the corner of Bundella Avenue and Illaroo Road has been signposted, and the Lake remains open and safe to use.

Council was notified of the materials by a member of the public in late July, and staff immediately followed public safety protocols to remove all visible building material from the site.

It is suggested that the area had been used as a dumping ground for building material resulting from home renovations in the village around 30 years ago.

Director Melissa Watkins said Council has followed regulatory procedure to ensure the safety of the local community and Council work crews.

“Lake Cathie is still safe to use and will remain open, however it is important the community stay clear of the restricted area as a precautionary measure, until all assessments and remediation actions have been completed,” Ms Watkins said.

“Council has informed the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Crown Lands of the material, and the remedial actions taken to date.”

Council will continue to work with the EPA, Crown Lands and designated environmental consultants to further assess the area, and develop a Remediation Action Plan to ensure the site is safe for public use.

Residents with concerns or questions regarding the material found are advised to call Council on 6581 8111.

** Image Attached – Identified Area –old building materials removed.