ASBESTOS: Sheeting has been put up around McLachlan Park as asbestos is being removed.
ASBESTOS: Sheeting has been put up around McLachlan Park as asbestos is being removed. Contributed

Asbestos discovered at McLachlan Park

WORK has resumed at McLachlan Park today after it was halted last week when asbestos was found in soil being excavated at the site.

Clarence Valley Council works and civil director Troy Anderson said contractors using excavators uncovered a section of broken water pipe, which contained asbestos, in existing soil last Wednesday.

"We stopped work and put measures in place to make sure none of the asbestos could become airborne," he said.

"This included wetting the site and covering the stockpile."

Mr Anderson said the Environmental Protection Authority has been notified and an asbestos control plan has been approved by the EPA.

"We will follow that control plan and the removal of the asbestos-containing material should be routine," he said.

Mr Anderson said asbestos-contaminated spoil from the site would be taken to a designated asbestos control point at the regional landfill.

"I commend the contractors and everyone involved for the measured and responsible way this has been handled," he said.

"Our number one priority has been public safety, and that has been achieved."