190 Station Street, East Cannington - removal of asbestos

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[COUNCIL — Thursday, 29 March 2012]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Helen Morton

190 STATION STREET, EAST CANNINGTON — REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS

168. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Health:

This question was directed to the Minister for Environment, but I understand that it was redirected to the Minister for Health. I refer to the building site at 190 Station Street, East Cannington, at which asbestos was found in late February 2012.

(1) What steps have been taken to remove the asbestos?

(2) Were dust samples taken from the surrounding area after the removal to analyse the extent of asbestos pollution in the community?

(3) If no to (2), why not?

(4) If yes to (2), what was the result of the analysis?

(5) Has the building site been re-inspected to ensure that no asbestos remains at the building site?

(6) Has WorkSafe been notified of the incident?

(7) If no to (6), why not?

Hon HELEN MORTON replied:

I thank the member for some notice of this question. The answer does not make sense. It states —

(1)–(7) The Department of Health was not are aware of the issue and what steps have been taken. The department is advised that the matter is being handled by the City of Canning.

I am not happy with that answer because I think it is a bit confusing as to whether the department was aware or was not aware.